The Louisiana Department of Health reported the first human cases of West Nile virus for this year. These initial cases are listed in this year’s first weekly Arboviral Report and shows nine WNV infections, distributed as follows:
Five cases of neuroinvasive disease: two cases in Washington Parish and one case each in St. Tammany, East Baton Rouge, and Livingston parishes
Two cases of West Nile fever: one case each in East Baton Rouge and Washington parishes
Two asymptomatic cases: both cases, one in Caddo Parish and one in Washington Parish, were diagnosed because of a blood donation
In comparison, the department reported 53 West Nile virus cases at this time last year.