58 cases of West Nile Virus have been reported this year in Louisiana with three new cases this week.

Ascension, Lafayette and Ouachita parishes each had one West Nile case reported this Friday.

Only a small percentage of people bitten by mosquitoes ever show symptoms but up to ten percent get infections of the spinal cord and brain.  Those infections can lead to death and so far this year 4 people have died of West Nile virus here in Louisiana.

Even though temperatures across the state have gotten cooler the Department of Health and Hospitals warns precautions should still be taken.  In addition to using insecticides containing DEET the Department advises removing standing water from yards, avoiding outdoor activity at dusk and dawn, wearing light colored clothing and insuring that windows and doors remain closed especially during peak hours of mosquito activity.