New numbers were released Friday on West Nile Virus cases across the state. The Department of Health and Hospitals confirms 39 new human cases of West Nile Virus. That brings the total number to 215 infections in Louisiana this year alone.
"You see them, kind of swarming around the baby stuff," said Martha Alguera who has to swat at mosquitos when she goes outside to do laundry. They are a concern for this Mid-City mom with a new baby especially with Louisiana seeing a spike in West Nile cases. It is a virus that one of Alguera's friends recently battled.
"She had some flu like symptoms, went to the doctor and was diagnosed with West Nile. Gladly she took some meds and got taken care of. But that's somebody that I know," said Alguera.
With Hurricane Isaac behind us both Jefferson and Orleans Parishes continue to spray for mosquitos. Officials are keeping a watchful eye on areas where flood water remains standing.
"A lot of the wood lot areas, the wooded areas, salt marsh areas. Those areas have been flooded and have the potential to pop off some of the woodland and salt marsh mosquitos," said Steven Pavlovich, entomologist with Jefferson Parish Mosquito Control Services. Pavlovich says after this recent storm the number of West Nile mosquitos has dropped. However, he warns the population could go up.
"We haven't really been seeing a lot of that as of yet . It has been a slight increase in the bug numbers because of the receding in some of the areas. We do have potential in the future," said Pavlovich.
In Orleans Parish, the entire City of New Orleans has been treated once for mosquitos since Hurricane Isaac. Now city officials say crews are on a second round of treatment using trucks and planes.
"They come about 6:30 or 7:00 o'clock at this time of the year," said Stephen Frischhertz sitting on his front porch overlooking City Park. Mosquito repellent and a citronella candle are in arms reach when the biting starts. A pesky mosquito problem that Frischhertz says hasn't changed since Hurricane Isaac came and left.
"I don't notice any difference from the hurricane until now. It seems to be the same," said Frischhertz.
City of New Orleans entomologist Sarah Michaels says with more people working in their yards to clear storm debris or sleeping with windows open during the power outages more people may have been expose to mosquito bites. Michaels says there could be an increase in West Nile cases in coming weeks similar to what happened after Hurricane Katrina.
Parish Officials want to remind the public to dump out any stagnant water sitting in your yard or on your property.