DHH: First cases of West Nile Virus for 2014 found in Livingston - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

DHH: First cases of West Nile Virus for 2014 found in Livingston Parish

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reports their first human cases of West Nile virus of 2014 in Louisiana have been found in Livingston Parish.

The three cases found were all asymptomatic, meaning the individuals did not know they were infected, and only found out because they were donating blood or having blood work done.

"These three infections serve as reminders that West Nile virus is here and all residents are at risk," said Dr. Raoult Ratard, State Epidemiologist. "Everyone should take simple steps to protect themselves, their families and their homes from mosquitoes, which spread West Nile virus to humans when they bite. Protection is as simple as wearing mosquito repellant and covering your skin. You can also prevent mosquitoes from reproducing by dumping standing water from containers around your home."

According to DHH, Louisiana saw 34 cases of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease in the state last year, which is down from 2002's high of 204 cases of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease.

SAFETY TIPS from DHH:

Protecting Yourself

* If you will be outside, you should wear a mosquito repellent containing DEET. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that repellents should contain no more than 30% DEET when used on children. Insect repellents also are not recommended for children younger than 2 months. CDC recommends that you always follow the recommendations appearing on the product label when using repellent. 
* Apply repellent on exposed skin and clothing. Do not apply under your clothes or on broken skin. 
* To apply repellent to your face, spray on your hands and then rub on your face. 
* Adults should always apply repellent to children. 
* Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors for long periods of time. 
* Avoid perfumes and colognes when outdoors for extended periods of time. 
* Make sure that your house has tight-fitting windows and doors, and that all screens are free of holes. 


Protecting Your Home
* Reduce the mosquito population by eliminating standing water around your home, which is where mosquitoes breed. 
* Dispose of tin cans, ceramic pots and other unnecessary containers that have accumulated on your property. Turn over wheelbarrows, plastic wading pools, buckets, trash cans, children's toys or anything that could collect water. 
* Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers. Drainage holes that are located on the container sides collect enough water for mosquitoes to breed. 
* Check and clean roof gutters routinely. They are often overlooked, but can produce millions of mosquitoes each season. 
* Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate. 
* Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left untended by a family for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.


Copyright 2014 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Catching up with former KPLC senior reporter Flora Roberts

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:28 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:28:12 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    For 16 year viewers learned the ins and outs of seniors here in Southwest Louisiana thanks to our stations very own senior reporters.  A few weeks ago, we caught up with one of them, but where are the rest?  7News  found Flora Roberts, and discovered just what's keeping her busy these days.  "They always tell me they recognize the voice," said Roberts. The voice behind the stories of Southwest Louisiana seniors belonged to that of Flora Roberts.&...

    More >>

    For 16 year viewers learned the ins and outs of seniors here in Southwest Louisiana thanks to our stations very own senior reporters.  A few weeks ago, we caught up with one of them, but where are the rest?  7News  found Flora Roberts, and discovered just what's keeping her busy these days.  "They always tell me they recognize the voice," said Roberts. The voice behind the stories of Southwest Louisiana seniors belonged to that of Flora Roberts.&...

    More >>
  • Time capsule buried to mark end of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Time capsule buried to mark end of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:55 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:55:05 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The city buried a time capsule at the final event of the year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration in Lake Charles. A time capsule was buried on the grounds of 1911 Historic City Hall. The items buried include letters from various officials, a video message and highlight video, a McNeese football mini-helmet, and several books on the city's history. The capsule is slated for opening at the city's bicentennial celebration in 2067.  The burial of the time capsule official...More >>
    The city buried a time capsule at the final event of the year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration in Lake Charles. A time capsule was buried on the grounds of 1911 Historic City Hall. The items buried include letters from various officials, a video message and highlight video, a McNeese football mini-helmet, and several books on the city's history. The capsule is slated for opening at the city's bicentennial celebration in 2067.  The burial of the time capsule official...More >>
  • Send us your Memorial Day pictures

    Send us your Memorial Day pictures

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:41 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:41:00 GMT
    (Source History.com)(Source History.com)

    Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.

    Send us a picture of the veteran you wish to honor and we'll feature it on our website.

    More >>

    Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.

    Send us a picture of the veteran you wish to honor and we'll feature it on our website.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly