The Louisiana Department of Health has reported six cases of West Nile virus in the state this year, including one in St. Tammany.
The North Sea Case is one of three neuroinvasive infections that are most severe type of West Nile and can lead to paralysis, brain damage and death. Two more such cases were found in the parishes of DeSoto and Livingston.
Less severe cases of West Nile fever were reported in the parishes of East Baton Rouge and Ouachita. The fever often causes flu-like symptoms.
The sixth case was discovered in East Baton Rouge Parish when a person with no symptoms donated blood. Most people who get infected with the West Nile virus have no symptoms, Health Ministry officials said.
Dr. Kevin Caillouet, director of the St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District, said West Nile had been found in tested mosquitoes four weeks before the confirmed case, and spraying efforts had increased accordingly.
As the district increased spraying, the number of mosquitoes with the virus has increased, he said. But the people of Slidell, Mandeville and Covington are still in danger.
While spraying helps, residents can continue to protect themselves with an insect repellent containing DEET, lemon oil, eucalyptus or picaridin, and long-sleeved clothing, Caillouet said. He added that reducing vegetation in drainage ditches can seize the spray and prevent mosquitoes from thriving.
In a press release, the President of the St. Tammany Parish, Pat Brister, praised the Mosquito Abatement District while urging parishioners to do their part to reduce the mosquito population. She said residents should drain stagnant water around their homes and tell their neighbors to do the same.
Parish requested $ 36 million for extension of I-12
St. Tammany Parish Government announced last week that it has submitted a $ 36 million BUILD Grant application to fund the next phase of the expansion of Interstate 12 in St. Tammany.
Parish President Pat Brister has also pledged $ 7.2 million in donations to government
"We want this project to have top priority until its completion, and we will continue to provide support and funding from all sources until we see action, "Brister said.
The scholarship specifies the necessity of the project and provides a detailed justification. It states that I-12 is part of the National Highway Freight Network and the Tier 1 Freight Network of Louisiana. The segment between Louisiana 21 and 190 offers a level of service that is well below the national standards for the term. Even non-fatal accidents can block traffic for hours.
Over the past five years, more than 900 accidents involving about 2,800 vehicle occupants have occurred in the Corridor.
Traffic congestion in this area is expected to increase According to forecasts, the average annual traffic volume in 2038 will be between 104,300 and 126,800 vehicles.
Congress has provided nearly $ 5.6 billion for nine rounds of national infrastructure investment under the BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant. This appropriation is intended to invest in the infrastructure of surface transport and will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that have significant local or regional impact. According to the US Department of Transportation, no more than $ 150 million may be awarded to a single state this round.
Applications will be based on criteria such as safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection and good repair, innovation, partnership and additional non-state revenue for infrastructure investment.
Pearl River holds special session on water rates
Pearl River City Council holds a special session at 6 pm August 6, to provide more information about proposed water rate increases.
Currently, residents are paying a flat $ 16 monthly fee for water, but city officials are planning to go to the measured rates, a change expected to lower the monthly cost for some
One proposal would be $ 12 a month For the first 2000 gallons with an additional $ 3 for every 1,000 gallons required, said Alderwoman Kathryn Walsh. Another would charge $ 12 for the first 3,000 gallons, with $ 3 per every 1,000 gallons above.
At the July meeting of the Town Hall, Alderman Virgil Phillips said he preferred to set the base at 3,000 gallons, but Mayor David McQueen said the city does not make enough money to maintain the system, and before that is warned to give too many breaks.
City Council members also said they want to consider a lower rate for seniors.
Alderwoman Bridgett Bennett pointed out that these rates have remained the same for 20 years and are low for a city of their size.
While Walsh said that Pearl River has been measuring meters for years, this was not used to determine the rates. Customers could come to City Hall to find out how they are being used to help them teach them before they switch.