Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus have been found in Ascension Parish.
A spokesperson for the parish president's office says mosquitoes have been trapped in several spots across the parish and tested.
The ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant is currently experiencing heavy flaring due to a power outage at the site.
No community impact is expected at this time, and all appropriate agencies have been notified.
A partial hiring freeze has been issued by Governor Bobby Jindal.
The freeze affects executive branch agencies of the state government and lasts the entire fiscal year, which started at the beginning of July.