JACKSON, Miss.--You probably have a friend or relative with it, or know someone who knows someone who has West Nile. The virus is rearing its head again, with two new cases in the Magnolia State. The new cases were reported in Wayne and Perry counties.
The Miss. Dept. of Health said on its website Monday that cases can happen any time of year.
Health officials remind all Mississippians that although the weather is colder now, West Nile virus can occur year-round, including the late fall and winter months. Residents are reminded they still need to take precautions to protect themselves.
"In previous years there have been cases reported in November and December, and it should remind us to remain vigilant about protecting ourselves throughout the year," said MSDH Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.
You'll remember during the summer months the cases were coming in by the dozens. They have now slowed to a trickle, but they are still happening and can cause anything from fever, vomiting and diarhea, to coma and death.