2 more human cases of West Nile found in Lafourche Parish

THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - For Jordan Lyons of Thibodaux, mosquito spray is the difference between bug bites and being bite-free.

"We just use Off," said Lyons. "Other than that - just keep fanning them off your face."

Lyons's Thibodaux neighborhood is where one of the latest human cases of West Nile was reported this week. The other was in Cut Off, and just last week, an 82-year-old LaRose man died from the virus.

Mosquito Control Services has stepped up treatment for those areas.

"We don't know where they got bit and contracted West Nile, but we like to combat any mosquito activity," said Sam Stines, chief biologist for Mosquito Control Services. "We are treating water that can be possible breeding sites."

Mosquito Control says it has been sending extra trucks to Lafourche Parish to spray for mosquitoes, but they want residents to be proactive as well.

"Just cleaning out their homes, making sure screens are over the windows," said Stines.

Experts also caution people to stay inside at dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

It's something Janee Buxton already does.

"At that point we bring the kids in," says Buxton, gesturing at her 3-year-old and 1-year-old. "We don't stay outside much longer."

And it's something Lyons says he'll consider, especially with younger children around.

"It does worry me because all the little kids," said Lyons. "Their immune system is not as strong."

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has not released the ages and conditions of the two people who have recently been diagnosed with the West Nile virus. They are asking families to wear long-sleeves and bug spray when outside.

So far, there has been 103 reported cases of West Nile in the state this year.

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