BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Mosquito Abatement & Rodent Control in East Baton Rouge Parish is providing the latest information about West Nile Virus in the area.
A spokesman for Mosquito Abatement & Rodent Control says that there were “nine positive West Nile Virus pool locations for the past week.”
The good news is that there have been no documented cases of West Nile Virus in Baton Rouge as of Monday, July 19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is laying out what the symptoms are for people who have contracted the West Nile Virus:
- No symptoms in most people: Most people (8 out of 10) infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.
- Febrile illness (fever) in some people: About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.
- Serious symptoms in a few people: About 1 in 150 people who are infected develop a severe illness affecting the central nervous system such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord).
- Symptoms of severe illness include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.
- Severe illness can occur in people of any age; however, people over 60 years of age are at greater risk. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and people who have received organ transplants, are also at greater risk.
- Recovery from severe illness might take several weeks or months. Some effects to the central nervous system might be permanent.
- About 1 out of 10 people who develop severe illness affecting the central nervous system die.
If you would like some tips on how to avoid contracting West Nile Virus, visit CDC Prevention.