More cases of West Nile & Zika in Louisiana

More cases of West Nile & Zika in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Health says there have been 10 more cases of West Nile and two more confirmed cases of Zika in the state.

The additions means there are now a total of 24 cases of West Nile virus in Louisiana. Of those, just over half are the neuroinvasive disease, nine patients had a fever and two others were asymptomatic.
There have not been any West Nile-linked deaths in Louisiana this year.

State health officials say the total number of Zika cases in Louisiana now stands at 28. All are travel-related.

"Mosquitoes remain active through late fall and even during the winter, and can continue to spread disease," said Kyle Moppert, State Medical Entomologist. "It's important to protect yourself, your family, and even your neighbors by remaining attentive to removing standing water from your yard as well as other protective measures. This is especially important with so much of the state experiencing daily afternoon showers that leave water standing in containers that might have recently been emptied. Each week when you take out your trash, walk around your yard and empty any containers that hold standing water."

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