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Second West Nile Death This Year Confirmed in Louisiana

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State health officials have confirmed Louisiana’s second West Nile death this year.  

But they have not confirmed where that death occurred — saying only that it was a person older than 75.

In all, 14 more West Nile virus cases have been confirmed in Louisiana during the past week and seven of those were the most serious neuroinvasive disease.  Three of those were here in Caddo Parish, two in East Baton Rouge, and one each in Ascension and Livingston.

There were five new cases of West Nile fever — three in Caddo and one each in Bossier and Tangipahoa. And there were two asymptomatic cases — one each in Caddo and Livingston Parishes.

The total number of West Nile virus cases for this entire year in Louisiana now stands at 29 and nearly half of those, 14, have been in Caddo Parish.  Caddo is also responsible for at least one of the two West Nile deaths this year.  (The Department of Health and Hospitals has not said where the second death occurred.) In all, Caddo has had 8 cases of neuroinvasive disease, 5 cases of West Nile fever, and 1 asymptomatic case so far this year and, by far, leads the rest of the state in confirmed case.

If you would like to wade through the charts, and crunch the numbers for yourself the way I have done, you can get the weekly breakout from DHH here

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