West Nile Virus Disease Found In Humans
As of August 7, 2018, a total of 40 states and the District of Columbia have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes this year, according to the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Overall, 106 cases of West Nile virus disease in people have been found, said the centers. For more information click here.
West Nile virus cases in Louisiana are also on the rise with 21 cases found in people. That’s why officials are ramping up their efforts to protect you from the disease. The latest campaign by the Louisiana Department of Health is called “Fight The Bite.” Right now official want you to use ‘common sense practices’ to protect yourself and your family.
Officials encourage you to use insect repellents with DEET and wear long sleeve shirts and long pants when going outside. They also want you to help reduce the mosquito population by eliminating standing water around your home, because that’s where mosquitoes breed. For more information visit: http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/1930.