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5 new West Nile cases surface in LA

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals have confirmed five new West Nile virus cases this week, bringing this year's total number of cases to 39.
Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals have confirmed five new West Nile virus cases this week, bringing this year's total number of cases to 39.

This week's new infections include three cases of neuroinvasive disease, with one case each from Caldwell, Lafayette and Rapides parishes, one case of West Nile fever from Ouchita Parish and one asymptomatic case from Lafayette Parish.

This year, Ouachita Parish has reported 10 cases of neuroinvasive disease, one of which was previously reported as West Nile fever and has been upgraded to neuroinvasive disease.

Lafayette Parish has five cases, two of which were previously reported as West Nile fever and have been upgraded to neuroinvasive disease.

Caldwell and Rapides parishes each have three neuroinvasive disease cases, and Calcasieu, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes each have one case of neuroinvasive disease.

The state has reported one West Nile virus death so far this year.

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