Miss. health officials report 12 new West Nile cases

Published 4:20 pm Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The state Department of Health reports 12 new human cases of West Nile virus, bringing the number of cases in Mississippi for the year to 54 with one death.

The latest cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported in George, Hinds (4), Jones, Lincoln, Pearl River, Scott (2), Simpson and Sunflower counties. The MSDH reports both confirmed and probable cases to the public.

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

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