JACKSON, MISS– Two more people have been diagnosed with West Nile virus, bringing this year’s total to 13.
Both of the two people diagnosed lived in Madison County. West Nile Virus has been found in Adams, Covington, Forrest, Hinds, Rankin, and Simpson counties as well.
In 2014, there were 43 people diagnosed with West Nile Virus, and seven people died.
The symptoms of West Nile Virus are fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness, and maybe swollen lymph nodes. Extreme cases can show signs of encephalitis or meningitis which can lead to paralysis, coma, or even death. If you notice these signs, call your doctor.
The Mississippi Department of Health says avoid mosquito bites and West Nile Virus is to use a repellent that contains DEET, get rid of standing water near your house, and wear loose, light colored clothing when outside.