Minden Press-Herald

Sep 23rd

West Nile cases total 145

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed 53 new human cases of West Nile virus and three new deaths as of August 25, joining a significant nation-wide jump.

"West Nile has been present in Louisiana every year since 2002, and if you can be bitten by a mosquito, you can get this disease," DHH Office of Public Health Assistant Secretary J.T. Lane said. "But, this is an easy illness to avoid – if you know you'll be outside, take a few minutes to apply repellant.

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