West Nile Virus on the Rise in Louisiana
It's no shock that the mosquitoes are thick in the Ark-La-Tex. When the conditions are perfect (for them) you can see them swarming in clouds by the thousands. In the past decade, these annoying little blood-suckers have brought more than itching to the party. The spread of the dreaded West Nile virus has been linked to these horrific winged beasts. The blood-borne disease is easily spread from person to person through the mosquito's hypodermic needle-like proboscis (the little tube they use to suck you dry).
In some cases the disease can be deadly. This year - the infection rate is more than twice what we saw in 2017. So far, 53 cases have been reported in the Bayou state - where as last year at this time, there were only 21 cases. According to the Shreveport Times, 7 of those cases are in Caddo Parish! Even though we are experiencing a higher infection rate this year, we are doing much better as a state than we did in 2012. That year, there were a staggering 397 reported cases of the virus.
Currently, there are no treatments for the infection.