PM LRN Newscall June 12

The Louisiana Department of Health is reminding you to protect yourself from the West Nile virus this summer by taking precautions against mosquito bites. Sean Richardson has more.

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A tropical wave in the southeastern corner of the Gulf is expected to bring plenty of rain to southern Florida and eventually bring precipitation to Louisiana next week.  Brooke Thorington has more.

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The Louisiana Department of Health is reminding everyone to take precautions against mosquito bites this summer that could carry and expose people to West Nile Virus.  Mosquitos are more active in the warmer months and that increases the risk of contracting the disease.  State Epidemiologist Theresa Sokol…

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Mosquitos normally get the virus from dead birds and while 80 percent of people show no symptoms some can develop West Nile fever which is a flu-like illness that has symptoms of fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and rashes.

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There is no vaccine for the West Nile virus and the best course of action is preventing bites by wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts outside and applying EPA-approved mosquito repellent on top of clothes and to exposed skin.

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And to protect your home mosquitos breed in standing water so turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, buckets, and trash cans.  Anything that could collect water.


The first tropical wave of the 2024 Hurricane season has formed over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, and while it’s not an immediate threat to Louisiana LSU Climatologist Barry Keim says it’s forecasted to bring torrential rain to southern Florida.

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And while it’s not a named storm, ironically with such a busy season forecasted, Keim says this is the slowest start of a season since 2014.

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Keim says with a record of warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures compared to last year’s busy season already in place and an expected transition to La Nina things are lining up for an even more active season.

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NOAA has predicted 8 to 13 hurricanes this year for the Atlantic season with 4 to 7 forecasted to be major hurricanes.


The Saints three-day mandatory minicamp started yesterday and the camp saw many players absent from the Saints OTAs report to their facilities like Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore.  Kamara reported for the 2024 minicamp yesterday and he says he is hoping to see a lot more intentionality in the Saints offense under new offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak (Coo-bee-ack).

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Many have criticized Kamara and other Saints players for not being at team OTAs this offseason which has created a negative narrative surrounding the players’ participation with the team. Kamara says that he is not going to go along with that narrative because he cares about the team and his teammates, but he says that he did not attend OTAs because he did not want to add any unnecessary stress to his life. Kamara says that instead of being at OTA’s he was training on his own and taking care of his family.

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Kamara is excited to get back into a more versatile role in Kubiak’s high-motion offense. He was primarily used out of the backfield last season but hopes that he can be more involved in both the passing and rushing scheme under Kubiak. Kubiak was the passing game coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers last year and helped Christian McCaffery win the Offensive Player of the Year and become a more pass-friendly back. Overall, Kamara says that he is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win in the end.

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The Saints will take on the Cardinals in their first preseason game on August 10th.


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