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Health Officials Confirm Second West Nile Virus Case for 2015

July 27, 2015
 
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JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the second case of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2015. The reported case is in Adams County. Last week, the MSDH confirmed the first human case in Hinds County.

 

The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2014, Mississippi had 43 WNV cases and seven deaths.

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.

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Last reviewed on Jul 27, 2015
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