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Posted: Wednesday, 09 July 2014 7:11AM

West Nile gets late start in Louisiana



Louisiana is seeing its first human cases of the West Nile Virus this year. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has discovered three cases of the mosquito born disease so far, all in Livingston parish.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard says the three cases were asymptomatic, meaning they were not showing symptoms of the virus.

"That means they were discovered when either somebody goes to give blood, or somebody has a workup, and somebody is looking for evidence of the virus in their blood,"  he explained.
 
The first cases of West Nile this year were discovered later than usual, which may lead to a lower number of infections, but Dr. Ratard still urges people to take simple steps to keep themselves safe from mosquitoes.
 
"If it is possible, wear long sleeves and long pants, and if it is too hot, wear mosquito repellent."
 
Besides taking care of yourself, there are other ways to slow the spread of west nile. Dr. Ratard says that you shouldn't just rely on trucks to spray away the mosquitoes.
 
"Mosquito control cannot do it, only you can do it. You have to turn over all the flower pots and small containers that contain pools where the larvae can multiply."

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