As of August 7, reported from the Mississippi State Department of Health, reports that there has been one new case of the West Nile Virus in Mississippi that was in a Hinds County resident. This brings the 2017 state total to 19.
The total number of cases so far of this year have been in these following areas:
- Forrest (3)
- Grenada (one death has been reported)
- Hinds (5)
- Rankin (2)
- Scott counties
**The peak season for West Nile Virus season in Mississippi is July through September ** (but can occur at any time of the year)
Symptoms of WNV infection are mostly known to be 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.