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Local contracts West Nile Virus

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Officials encourage residents to take precautions when outside

Residents need to take extra special care when playing and working outside, as Ruston has had its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus since 2007.

Keith Jesselink, water utilities superintendent for the city of Ruston, said the state notified the city that a case of the virus was confirmed last week.

“There was another case of a resident who lived here in 2007, but that person did not contract the West Nile Virus here,” Jesselink said.

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