SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - The state has confirmed the first case of West Nile virus in St. Tammany Parish this year.
A case was discovered Thursday in south Slidell.
Last year, there were four human cases in the parish.
The St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District was informed by the Department of Health and Hospitals continue to receive positive mosquito pools for West Nile virus. Test results on Friday indicated nine additional positive pools out of 124 sampled. Among these positive samples were two from Mandeville, one from Lacombe, and six from Slidell.
The total positive samples for the year are 48 out of 1836. Mosquito pool collections are taken from over 100 locations throughout the St. Tammany Parish.
The state and parish recommends wearing mosquito repellent to help protect from the virus.
The district regularly treats ditches for control of mosquitos that can carry the virus once a week.