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West Nile Virus total at 47

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The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported two new human cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state total to 47 this year. The two new cases were in Lee and Desoto counties.

The two new cases were in Lee and Desoto counties.

So far this year cases have been reported in Bolivar, Calhoun, Clarke, Clay (2), Covington, Desoto, Forrest (4), Hinds (8), Humphreys (2), Jones, Lauderdale, Leake, Lee (3), Leflore, Lincoln (2), Lowndes, Madison (4), Monroe, Noxubee, Perry, Rankin (6), Scott, Wilkinson, and Yazoo counties. Two deaths have been reported in Forrest and Humphreys counties.

The peak season for West Nile Virus in Mississippi is July through September, although the MSDH says cases can occur at 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 some cases, death can occur.

The virus has been detected in mosquitoes throughout the state, so residents in all Counties should take the following precautions for protection against mosquito-borne illnesses:

  • Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as 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.

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