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More West Nile in Mississippi: Two People Have It So Far

NATCHEZ, Miss.–There’s another person with West Nile virus in Mississippi. The Miss. Dept. of Health confirmed that in a news release Monday. That person is in Adams County.

That brings the number of people with West Nile to two so far this year. The other person is in Hinds County.

Last year there were 43 people officially diagnosed and seven people died.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said this second case is a reminder of the importance of preventing mosquito exposure.

“Historically, this the time of year when we see the number of West Nile Virus cases begin to increase. The majority of cases are usually reported in August and September – although West Nile Virus cases can occur any time of the year.”

Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.

The MSDH suggests the following precautions to protect yourself and your environment from mosquito-borne illnesses:

  • Use a recommended mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors.
  • Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.
  • Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the MSDH website at HealthyMS.com/westnile.

Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.

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