NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana health officials report 12 new West Nile virus cases in the past week and two West Nile-related deaths.
Of the 12 new cases, five involve serious brain or spinal cord infections that can lead to brain damage, paralysis or death. Six of the cases involve the less serious West Nile fever, which causes flu-like symptoms. One case caused no symptoms.
The latest figures bring the number of West Nile cases this year to 356, including 146 serious infections. Louisiana's death toll from West Nile this year is now 15.
Rapides Parish had two of the five new, serious cases. The others were in Allen, Avoyelles and Grant parishes.
Caddo and Rapides each had two of the six West Nile fever cases. The others were in Jefferson and LaSalle.