West Nile Virus found in Arabi mosquitoes

A mosquito sample collected from “the northern area of Arabi (Zone 3)” tested positive for West Nile Encephalitis (WNV) on October 1. In a Facebook update posted on October 9, the St. Bernard Parish government informed residents of the positive test done by Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (LADDL). While not an unprecedented thing to happen, with COVID-19 lingering in the air, the news of another infectious disease in St. Bernard is definitely unwelcome.

WNV is not an especially deadly disease for US citizens, killing just 5% of those infected from 1999-2018. But how WNV could affect those either infected with COVID-19 or still suffering from its long term effects (such as fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle pain, confusion, or headaches) is unknown. Residents of St. Bernard should be aware of the risks associated with visiting Zone 3 at the moment.

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