312 cases of West Nile and 12 deaths from the disease have been reported in La. so far in 2012, officials say
State health officials say West Nile virus remains a threat in Louisiana, as the state Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed on Friday nine new West Nile virus cases and one death from West Nile this week.
This year, Louisiana is experiencing the most West Nile cases since its 2002 outbreak year, with 312 cases and 12 deaths from the disease reported.
"This has been a very active year for West Nile virus, and it is a firm reminder that this disease is a threat to all areas of our state," said DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein.
"We've already had many cases and, unfortunately, 12 deaths. We also continue to see parishes reporting their first human cases of West Nile for the year in our weekly report. This continued increase, even as we get later into the year, shows why it's important for everyone to protect their health and avoid mosquito bites."
Humans contract West Nile when they are bitten by mosquitoes infected with the virus.