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New cases of West Nile Virus in Ouachita Parish

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Five mosquito pools in the Twin Cities are currently testing positive for West Nile in four different locations.

The samples testing positive come from Lakeshore Subdivision, and two locations between Winnsboro Road and Standifer Avenue, and in West Monroe, one positive pool found between West Monroe High School and First West Church.

"July to mid-August, we were seeing as many as 18 or 20 pools return positive each week," says Mosquito Abatement, Shannon Rider, "this past week, Friday, we received 5 in 4 locations."

Even though the number of positive locations has decreased, just one positive mosquito can infect someone.

"Three new cases in Ouachita, two of those are neuroinvasive, with one asymptomatic case," says Rider.

The pools taken across the parish represent only a sample of mosquitoes from each location. Just because you may not live or work in one of the West Nile positive areas, doesn't mean you are in the clear.

"There are still places where we are receiving reports of no positives," says Rider, "which is an indicator that it may not be there, but it may also be an indicator that it's presence is not strong enough there yet."

Locations across Ouachita Parish are still be treated by ground and aerial spraying. Tips for keeping yourself safe:  wear long sleeves and pants when possible, avoid outdoors at dusk and dawn, and wear EPA approved repellents.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State health officials are reporting four new West Nile cases, bringing the 2013 total so far to 13.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday that this week's new infections include two cases of neuroinvasive disease, both from Ouachita Parish. That's the most serious type of the virus that can lead to death, paralysis and brain damage.

There also were two asymptomatic cases reported, including one each in Ouachita and Vernon parishes. Experts say about 90 percent of all cases reported are asymptomatic, while about 10 percent will develop the milder viral infection called West Nile fever. Only a very small number of infected individuals will show the serious symptoms associated with neuroinvasive disease.


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