Shreveport, Louisiana-According to the Louisiana Department of Health, more West Nile virus cases have been confirmed in the dioceses of Caddo and Bossier.
When humans are bitten by an infected mosquito, they become infected with West Nile virus.
There are three types of viruses: asymptomatic, fever, and nerve attack. Nerve invasion is the most serious type of virus, which can cause paralysis, brain damage and death.
Caddo Parish has two confirmed cases of neuroinvasion, and Bossier Parish has one.
The milder infection is West Nile fever, where people have flu-like symptoms.
Asymptomatic types can only be detected by blood donation or other routine medical examinations.
Approximately 90% of West Nile virus cases are asymptomatic, while only 1
Everyone is at risk of infection, especially those over 65.
The Louisiana Department of Health provides tips on how to protect yourself and your home:
- Wear insect repellent or long sleeves outside
- Make sure your mosquito repellent contains DEET, but not more than 30%
- Spray your hand first, then rub it on your face, avoiding eyes, and apply mosquito repellent to your face
- Avoid putting perfume or cologne outside for a long time
- Make sure your house has close-fitting doors and windows and there are no holes in the screen
- Eliminate stagnant water and reduce stagnant water, thereby reducing mosquitoes in the home
- Get rid of any buckets, pots, wheelbarrows or anything that may accumulate water in the home
- Check and clean the gutter regularly
- Clean and chlorinate unused swimming pools