Confirmed West Nile case in St.Tammany Parish now concerning those in Tangipahoa

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West Nile season kicked off in mid-May and there’s already a confirmed case in south Louisiana, now those in Tangipahoa Parish are now on the lookout.

Tangipahoa Parish tested positive for the West Nile virus in 2018, but there have been no confirmed reports this year.

Employees at the Tangipahoa Mosquito Abatement District say they’re concerned because of the close proximity of St.Tammany Parish.

The abatement district routinely test mosquitoes in house and submit samples to a facility at LSU.

Results typically come out every Friday to check for the virus.

With a spike in numbers in the state, if a case is confirmed they say they’ll deal with it as it comes.

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.

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