BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Twenty-four new cases of West Nile virus infections have been reported by the state, bringing to 92 cases so far this year in Louisiana.
The Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday that more than half of the total - 47 - are West Nile neuro-invasive disease, the more serious form of the virus that infects the brain and spinal cord and can cause brain damage or death.
DHH's weekly report says no additional deaths have occurred, though six people this year have died after contracting the virus.
The 24 new infections include 10 cases of neuro-invasive disease, with four being reported in Caddo Parish and one each reported from DeSoto, Orleans, Ouachita, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Webster parishes.