Minden Press-Herald

Sep 16th

W. Nile virus in Webster Parish

Webster Parish has seen its first West Nile Virus infection in six years, according to Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, which joins 68 other cases across the state this year.

"The increased cases we are seeing this year are a firm reminder that West Nile Virus is a serious disease, and people need to be vigilant about protecting themselves," DHH State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard said. "We know from 10 years of surveillance that this disease is active in every corner of the state, and people are at risk of getting it regardless of whether cases or deaths occurred in their parishes."

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