New case of West Nile virus reported in Calcasieu

BATON ROUGE (AP) — State health officials

report 11 new cases of West Nile virus this week, with one additional

West Nile-related

death.

That brings the total number of West Nile cases in Louisiana this year to 382, with a death toll of 17.

Most people bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus show no symptoms, but some develop flu-like West Nile fever, and a few

develop serious "neuroinvasive" infections of the brain or spinal cord that can lead to paralysis, brain damage or death.

Four new neuroinvasive disease cases were

reported this week were in Bossier, Calcasieu, St. Helena and Winn

parishes. Five

West Nile fever cases were in Bossier, Cameron, Concordia, East

Feliciana and Orleans parishes. Two asymptomatic cases were

in Grant and Pointe Coupee parishes.