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West Nile Virus case reported in Bossier Parish


Louisiana Dept. of Health officials say seven new human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the state, including one in Bossier Parish.

Officials did not release the location of the Bossier Parish infection.

In addition to the local case, others were reported in East Baton Rouge, Morehouse, Ouachita and Rapides parishes and two in Livingston Parish. All cases were reported in July.

To help protect from mosquito bites that could lead to serious illness, officials recommend the following:

·      Use insect repellent each time you go outside.

·      Regularly drain standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

·      Wear light-colored clothing.

·      Wear long sleeves and pants, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

·      Keep air circulating by using air conditioning or fans.

·      Make sure screens are on all doors and windows to help keep mosquitoes out of homes. Make sure screens are in good repair.

In Bossier Parish, police jury workers continue to spray for mosquitoes each day.


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