5th human West Nile virus confirmed in Miss.

Published 7:46 pm Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A human case of the West Nile virus has been confirmed in Jones County, the fifth case of the mosquito-borne disease reported by the Mississippi State Health Department this year.

Previously confirmed cases were in Lincoln, Forrest and Madison counties.

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

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

On the Net:

Department of Health, http://www.HealthyMS.com