State health officials have confirmed eight more cases of West Nile virus during the past week.  Four of those were the most-serious neuroinvasive disease.  

There was one each in Caldwell, Lafayette, Ouachita, and Rapides.  There were also four new cases of West Nile fever -- two in Lafayette Parish and one each in Calcasieu and Ouachita.  So far this year there have been 21 West Nile cases in our state.

Humans get West Nile when they're bitten by mosquitoes infected with the virus.  For that reason, state health officials warn everybody to be extremely careful outdoors and take protective measure to keep from getting bit.