JACKSON, Miss. — Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) confirms two new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the total for 2015 to 27 cases. The cases were reported in Lauderdale and Marion counties.
So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Attala, Covington, Forrest (2), Hinds (6), Lauderdale, Madison (4), Marion, Montgomery, Rankin (5), Simpson (2), Washington, and Yazoo counties. One death has been reported in Attala County.
The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2014, Mississippi had 43 WNV cases and seven deaths.
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.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs reminds Mississippians that the majority of WNV cases are reported in August and September, so it is important to protect yourself.
The MSDH suggests the following precautions to protect yourself and your environment from mosquito-borne illnesses:
For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com/westnile.
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