MSDH confirms third case of WNV

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health announced the third confirmed case of West Nile virus for 2015.
According to an MSDH release, the new reported case is in Simpson County.
In previous reports, cases were confirmed in Adams and Hinds counties this year. In 2014, the MSDH recorded 43 WNV cases and seven deaths.
“Historically, this is the time of year when we see the number of West Nile virus cases begin to increase,” MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said in the release. “The majority of cases are usually reported in August and September, although West Nile virus cases can occur any time of the year.”
According to the release, WNV symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle weakness and swollen lymph nodes. In rare cases, infection can lead to encephalitis or meningitis, which can cause paralysis, coma and possibly death.
The MSDH urges Mississippians to protect themselves and their environment from mosquito-borne illnesses.
Tips include :
–– Using repellents containing DEET.
–– Removing sources of standing water around home.
–– Wearing loose, light-colored, long-sleeved clothing to cover arms and legs when outdoors.
–– Avoiding areas where mosquitos are prevalent.
For more information about mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the Mississippi State Department of Health’s website at

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