BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The state Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed Louisiana's fourth West Nile virus death this year.
DHH officials Friday said the death is from Ouachita Parish, the second death in that parish this year. The state's health department is also confirming four new West Nile virus cases this week, bringing this year's total to 55 cases.
This week's new infections include two cases of neuroinvasive disease, one each in Acadia and Rapides parishes, and two cases of West Nile fever, one each in Bossier and Caddo parishes.
People get West Nile when they are bitten by infected mosquitoes. About 90 percent of infected people never have any symptoms.