Health officials report 3rd human West Nile case in Miss.

Published 3:18 pm Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A human case of the West Nile Virus has been reported in Forrest County, the third case of the mosquito-born disease reported by state health officials this year.

The Mississippi State Health Department said earlier cases were reported in Lincoln and Madison counties.

MSDH conducts statewide mosquito testing with its most intensive surveillance during peak mosquito reproduction time usually July, August and September.

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Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

Infection can cause encephalitis or meningitis in a small number of people. Those illnesses can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.