The threat of West Nile Virus once again hits close to home here in the Ark-La-Tex. Another case has been confirmed in Caddo Parish.
A 48-year-old woman from Logansport in Desoto Parish was diagnosed with the disease yesterday at LSU Health Shreveport.
Her's is now the 68th confirmed case in Louisiana and the second here in Caddo Parish.
She chose not to go on camera but she did confirm that she suffered symptoms like loss of appetitie and overall feeling of sickness.
She says by the time she was taken to the ER in Mansfield, she could barely lift her head.
She was initially admitted into the ICU at LSU hospital but is now in a room in fair condition.
Officials with the Office of Public Health say many people may contract West Nile but never have any symptoms and the virus goes away on its own.
Most people with the West Nile Fever form of the disease exhibit flu-like symptoms but those with the neuro-invasive (NID) -- the most dangerous form -- can have symptoms like confusion, headaches and vomiting.
NID cases are extremely rare.
There has also been one confirmed case of neuro-invasive West Nile and one confirmed case of West Nile Fever in Bossier Parish.
So far this year, six people in Louisiana have died from the disease.
In Texas, health officials have confirmed 351 cases across 34 counties.
Some tips to prevent mosquito infestations at your home include:
- Elinimate standing water: check bird baths, water gardens/fountains and old flower pots
- Clean out clogged gutters yearly. These are often over looked.
- Clean and chlorinate unused swimming pools.
Tips for protecting yourself include:
- Wear a mosquito repellant containing DEET but use a repellant with no more than 30% DEET for kids.
- Try to wear long sleeves and pants when you're outside for long periods.
- Check your home's windows and doors for cracks that could let the insects inside.