2 new confirmed cases of West Nile Virus

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State health regulators have confirmed two new human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year's total to 25.

The new cases are in Iberia and St. Tammany parishes.

The Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday that the new infections were characterized as neuroinvasive disease - the most severe form of the virus, which typically results in swelling of the brain and spinal cord.

Lesser infections are west nile fever, which causes mild, flu-like symptoms, and asymptomatic, which means a person was never ill and only found to have the virus when blood work was done for some reason.

This year, West Nile Virus has been most prevalent in East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes, with 12 cases and nine cases respectively. No deaths have been attributed to the virus this year.

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