Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, December 10th, 2002
Health officials had been saying that the Louisiana outbreak appeared to be nearing an end. Officials, however, were not quite ready to declare the outbreak over.
The total number of West Nile virus cases since the outbreak began in Louisiana in the summer is 323, with 19 deaths.
David W. Hood, Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary, said the possibility remained that some cases might still be detected.
"Our lab reports that they do not have any new samples awaiting testing,...
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