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The Sunrise Facebook friend of the day for Tuesday, May 21 is Gail Fitzgerald from Grand Lake. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:35:15 GMT
It's not the scenario the Cameron Parish School Board thought they would be facing. "I would like to say that I'm ashamed of Cameron Parish. They voted to pass the road and bridge and the health unitMore >>
The Cameron Parish School Board is searching to offset nearly $4-million after voters decided not to renew to tax propositions earlier this month. As KPLC's Lee Peck reports while they're set to give it another try, they'll have to find a way to cut costs in the meantime.More >>
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An Anacoco man is accused of shooting at last six people, according to a news release from Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft. No injuries were reported, Craft said. Accused in the case is 31-year-old JamesMore >>
An Anacoco man is accused of shooting at six people, according to a news release from Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft. No injuries were reported, however.More >>
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34-year-old Brice Joseph will be arraigned for the Intentional exposure of the AIDS virus after spitting on a police officer while being arrested. "In this case, in incident to an arrest, he was broughtMore >>
Brice Joseph will be arraigned for the Intentional exposure of the AIDS virus after spitting on a police officer while being arrested.
Monday, May 20 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:45:12 GMT
There has been a delay in a Lake Charles double murder trial. Mark Thibodeaux is accused in the deaths of Bridget Tillman Pryor and Carla Yvette LeDoux whose bodies were found on North Prater Street lastMore >>
There has been a delay in a Lake Charles double murder trial.More >>
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BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA) -
The number of West Nile virus infections in Louisiana has reached 251, with 36 new cases reported this past week, including cases in Bienville, Caddo and Webster parishes.
One new death has been added in the latest report, bringing the death toll from the virus so far this year to 11.
According to state health officials: There are eight new neuroinvasive disease cases reported this week, from Beauregard (1), Bienville (1), Caddo (3), Rapides (1), St. Charles (1) and Webster (1) parishes. Seven of these cases are newly reported West Nile infections, and one is a previously reported case that progressed into neuroinvasive disease.
There are 21 new West Nile Fever cases, from Bossier (3), Caddo (6), Calcasieu (3), Concordia (1), East Baton Rouge (1), Jefferson (1), Lincoln (1), Livingston (1), Richland (1), St. Tammany (1) and Webster (2) parishes. There are eight new asymptomatic cases reported this week, from Ascension (1), Caddo (3), Lafayette (1), Lafourche (1), Richland (1) and Vernon (1) parishes.
"It is very important, especially as we head into fall and people begin spending more time outdoors, to take precautions against this potentially fatal disease," said Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. "West Nile is a risk, but it's one that is easily prevented - Fight the Bite. Wear repellant and protective clothing if you are going outdoors and empty standing water around your homes to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and swarming."
Louisiana's health department says the state is experiencing its highest number of West Nile cases in years.
Humans are infected when they are bitten by infected mosquitoes.
West Nile virus usually results in no symptoms. But it can cause West Nile fever, which produces flu-like symptoms. In some cases it can cause neuroinvasive disease, which can result in paralysis, brain damage or death.