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Three New Cases of West Nile Virus; One in Ouachita Parish

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is reporting three new West Nile Virus cases this week, including one in Ouachita Parish.
West Monroe -- Despite the cooler temperatures, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is reminding folks that West Nile virus is still a threat.

This week, the state's health department confirmed three new cases of West Nile virus, bringing this year's total to 58 cases.

This week's new infections are West Nile fever cases, with one each in Ascension, Lafayette and Ouachita parishes.

Last year, Louisiana reported 160 cases of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease in the state, which is down from 2002's high of 204 cases of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease.

This year, the state has had 34 neuroinvasive disease cases, 20 West Nile fever and four asymptomatic.

Here's a parish-by-parish breakdown of this year's neuroinvasive disease cases; Ouachita, 14; Lafayette, 9; Rapides, 4; Caldwell, 3; Acadia, 1; Calcasieu, 1; Livingston 1; and St. Tammany 1. The state has reported four West Nile virus deaths so far this year, including two in Ouachita Parish.

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