Miss. Health Department confirms two cases of West Nile virus

Published 7:00 am Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported two new cases of West Nile virus in Hinds and Grenada counties, according to a press release from MSDH.

A third case of the mosquito-borne virus was reported in June in Lamar County.

Last year, Mississippi had 38 reported cases, with one death, according to the release.

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“We are approaching our peak time of the year for WNV cases in Mississippi, which is July through September,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs in the release. “These new cases serve as a reminder that Mississippians should continue to take precautions to prevent infection as we move through the summer months.”

“All Mississippians are potentially at risk—not just the areas where cases are reported,” stated the release.

The most common symptoms of WNV are fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In rare cases, infections can lead to paralysis, comas, and potentially death, said the release.

In order to prevent bites WNV-carrying mosquitos, the MSDH suggests:

  • Using an EPA-registered mosquito repellent with DEET while outdoors.
  • Removing all sources of standing water where mosquitos often breed.
  • Wearing loose, light-colored clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Avoiding known mosquito areas.

For more information, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com/westnile

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