JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports its third human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2017. The reported case is in Forrest County.
So far this year cases have been reported in Forrest (2) and Rankin counties. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2016, Mississippi had 43 WNV cases and two deaths.
In previous years, WNV has been reported from all parts of the state. All Mississippians are potentially at risk – not just the areas where cases are reported.
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:
For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the MSDH website at HealthyMS/westnile.
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