The mosquitoes are the first in the state to test positive for the virus, causing health officials to remind residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement will be conducting additional spray missions in the area.
The best way to protect yourself from any form of mosquito borne illness is to wear long sleeves, long trousers and use repellent that has deet.
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Most people believe their highest chance of getting bit by a mosquito that's carrying west nile is in the woods, but Armstrong told us that's not actually the case. "Find one that you like and use it to ensure you are not bitten by mosquitoes". However, four out of five people infected with the virus will not show any symptoms.
Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
The department said they will continue to closely monitor mosquitoes for amplification, according to Dr. Theodore Andreadis, Director of the CAES. "For those individuals who are a little reticent about applying insect repellent to young children, it's really important to keep their skin covered and keep them inside and away from mosquitoes during these times of the day".
West Nile can cause overwhelming fatigue, awful muscle aches and headaches, according to doctors, and those who survive severe cases of the illness report ongoing problems with fatigue and neurological problems.
While West Nile virus activity in Los Angeles County is off to a slow start this year, there are many hot summer months ahead which will lead to increased mosquito activity and WNV amplification and transmission. "Nevertheless, virus activity can escalate very quickly and we anticipate further build-up of the virus from now through September".