Man dead in Lafourche Parish; West Nile Virus antibodies in system

LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A North Larose man was found dead last week. State officials now say that the victim had West Nile Virus antibodies in his system.

The Lafourche Parish Government is alerting residents that a human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Lafourche Parish.

Personnel of Mosquito Control of Lafourche, LLC. have been assigned to inspect the area.

Officials say the purpose of the search will be to locate breeding sites of the Southern House Mosquito or the Asian Tiger. Once located, Mosquito Control states they will address the larvae to control the situation.

During the evening hours, truck mounted sprayers will be assigned in an effort to reduce and maintain the vector population. Spraying has begun in the affected area and will continue through Thursday night.

Traps will also be deployed to sample the mosquito population and will provide specimens for further testing.

Most people who become infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Less than 1 percent of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness.

Officials state there are several precautions residents can take to protect themselves from mosquitoes:

  • Use a mosquito repellant containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Follow instructions on label.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Drain stagnant water from around the house, bird baths, pet food, fountains, children's pools, old tires, etc. Swimming pools should be maintained to avoid mosquito breeding.
  • Keep doors closed except when entering/exiting a residence. Only use windows with a screen to exclude mosquitoes.
  • Report dead birds to Lafourche Parish Government Risk Management Department by calling (985) 446-8427.

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