A leading expert in Louisiana advising the state on virus outbreaks is dead.
The Louisiana Department of Health revealed yesterday that state Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard died earlier in the week but did not elaborate on how he died.
Dr. Ratard devoted 43 years of his life to public health and worked with the state Office of Public Health in Louisiana for 26 years.
Ratard also helped respond to public health outbreaks, including HIV and was routinely featured in news reports related to West Nile.
Officials said he did not have COVID-19.
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