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West Nile still causing problems in the ARKLAMISS

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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Another West Nile death has been reported in Arkansas, bringing that state's total to 5. Mississippi has also reported a number of deaths from the virus.

In Louisiana, the health department says 25 new West Nile virus infections have been reported in the state just during this past week, including seven that caused potentially fatal neuro-invasive disease, the most serious consequence of the mosquito-borne virus.

The seven were reported in Ascension, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant and Morehouse parishes.

There were 18 cases of the less serious, flu-like, West Nile fever reported in Ascension, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Franklin, Jefferson, Livingston, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes.

The total number of West Nile cases in Louisiana this year has reached 305, the most since 2002. Eleven deaths have resulted this year.

The health department said that even though fall has arrived, warm weather lingers. And that means residents should continue to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

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