The Louisiana Department of Health is putting out an urgent message to Louisianians to protect ourselves against West Nile Virus. Currently, Louisiana has the highest reported amount of West Nile cases in the country.

According to KATC, the most recent report (08/11) shows 53 total human cases of West Nile Virus and two deaths.

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"Of the 53 human cases, 9 were asymptomatic, 13 developed West Nile Fever and 31 developed neuroinvasive disease. In comparison, the Department reported 21 West Nile virus cases at this time last year."

West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease is reported to be the worst and most serious illness from West Nile. Neuroinvasive disease can lead to death, paralysis and even brain damage.

The Louisiana Department of Health urges you to wear mosquito repellent with DEET if you're going to be outside. Also, eliminate any breeding grounds for mosquitoes around your property by getting rid of standing water. Make sure to check your gutters for standing water as well.

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