West Nile Virus Numbers Down in Louisiana
The State Department of Health and Hospitals reports 55 cases of West Nile Virus this year.
This is less than half the number of cases reported for the same time frame in 2014. Why are the numbers down? DHH reports is likely because of the cooler spring temperatures we recorded earlier this year.
Caddo Parish has 8 confirmed cases this year, second highest in the state (Rapides had 9).
Bossier Parish has 2 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus.
Louisiana has 4 deaths from West Nile Virus so far this year, 4th highest in the nation. California has had 11 deaths, Texas is 2nd highest on the list with 8 and Oklahoma is 3rd with 5 deaths.
Health experts continue to remind residents to take precautions if you're going to be outdoors. Wear mosquito repellent and get rid of any standing water.