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JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports three new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the state total to 58 this year. The new cases are in Hinds, Rankin, and Sunflower counties.

So far this year cases have been reported in Bolivar, Calhoun (2), Clarke, Clay, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest (5), Hinds (13), Humphreys (2), Jones, Lauderdale, Leake, Lee (3), Leflore, Lincoln (2), Lowndes (2), Madison (4), Monroe (2), Noxubee, Perry, Rankin (7), Scott (2), Sunflower, Wilkinson, and Yazoo counties. Two deaths have been reported, in Forrest and Humphreys counties.

In 2016, Mississippi had 43 WNV cases and two deaths.

Peak WNV season in Mississippi is July through September, although 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 a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.

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:

For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the MSDH website at HealthyMS.com/westnile.

Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.


Press Contact: MSDH Office of Communications, (601) 576-7667
Note to media: After hours or during emergencies, call 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948)



Links referenced
HealthyMS.com/westnile    http://HealthyMS.com/westnile
HealthyMS.com/connect    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,0,327,html

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