(AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, James Gathany)

BATON ROUGE — Twenty people in Louisiana have been diagnosed with West Nile virus so far this summer, and half of them had the most dangerous form, an infection of the brain or nervous system, The state Department of Health and Hospitals said Thursday.

Two others had flu-like West Nile fever, and eight did not have any symptoms and were diagnosed through blood tests, according to a news release Thursday.

Nobody has died, department John Ford said.

The department’s weekly surveillance report shows that four of the dangerous neuroinvasive cases were in Rapides Parish, two were in Ascension and one each in Jefferson


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