The state Department of Health & Hospitals confirms the first human case of West Nile virus this year. The patient is a resident of Caldwell Parish, and reportedly has the more serious neuroinvasive form of the disease, West Nile Encephalitis. State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard says this has been a slow West Nile season.
Dr. Ratard says the Caldwell Parish patient is a younger person, whose prognosis for recovery is good. He says the elderly need to be especially mindful of avoiding mosquito bites that potentially carry West Nile. Last year was the worst West Nile season on record since 2002, with 160 cases of the neuroinvasive disease, nearly 200 cases of the less-serious West Nile Fever. Dr. Ratard says he does not expect this year to be anywhere near as bad. Still, he advises we all takes the needed steps to "Fight The Bite."
Police have searched a house in connection to the murder of a 14-year-old girl who was walking her dog, authorities said. The FBI and Michigan State Police worked with other local teams to execute the search outside the town of Armada and would not release any information about the subject of the search, but they did confirm it was related to the murder of April Millsap.
In a partisan vote that marks a new escalation in the Republican confrontation with President Obama, the House of Representatives approved a resolution to authorize Speaker John Boehner to initiate litigation against the president. Five Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic Caucus in opposition to the...