West Nile Virus

General Information:

Surveillance for West Nile Virus (WNV) was initiated in Louisiana in the Spring 2000 and currently involves the testing of sick horses and mosquito pools.  With the exception of horse testing, WNV testing is performed at the request of individual mosquito abatement districts throughout the state. WNV is considered endemic or native to all parts of Louisiana, thus statewide dead bird reporting has been suspended. Dead bird testing is now understood to be a poor predictor of human cases and its value is limited unless part of a more comprehensive mosquito surveillance program, as is conducted by local or parish mosquito abatement districts.

  • Louisiana has four kinds of Encephalitis: West Nile Fever, Saint Louis, Eastern Equine and California Encephalitis.
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WNV Surveillance:

Annual Reports:

Annual Reports available here 

Weekly Reports:

2023 Arboviral Reports

 Archived Seasonal Reports By Year:

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   Dead Birds: 

Dead Bird Reporting

     Safe Handling Guidelines for Dead Birds










Health Education Materials: 
The Infectious Disease Section offers limited quantities of  free West Nile virus and other mosquito borne disease educational materials. For more information email marceia.walker@la.gov or the program coordinator.


Primary Contact Information

Arboviral Program Coordinator: Sean Simonson, MPH
1450 Poydras Street, Ste. 1641
New Orleans, LA 70112
Telephone: (504) 568-8313
 Fax: (504) 568-8290
 Email: sean.simonson@la.gov