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U.S. state Louisiana reports another West Nile death

09-22-2012 11:48 BJT

HOUSTON, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Health officials on Friday reported 36 new West Nile virus infections and one new virus- related death in the U.S. state of Louisiana, bringing the state's total West Nile deaths this year to 11.

This year, the mosquito-borne virus has effected 251 people, the highest number of West Nile infections in the Louisiana in recent years, reported the news website, quoting statistics from the state Department of Health.

To prevent infection, health officials urge people to stay indoors around dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most likely to swarm; wear long sleeves and trousers when going outdoors; eliminate standing water; ensure that screens are secure; and use repellents.

"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," Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein said in a news release.

The U.S. is experiencing the worst outbreak of West Nile virus. Some 134 people in the country have died from West Nile Virus and more than 3,000 others have been sickened this year.

Scientists expect the death toll to increase until October as more cases are confirmed and the warm weather continues.

First identified in Uganda in 1937, West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness that leads to serious neurological disease in some cases. Its symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, nausea, dizziness and muscle weakness.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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