New Human Case of West Nile Virus in Mississippi

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:

  • Covington
  • Forrest (3)
  • Grenada (one death has been reported)
  • Hinds (5)
  • Humphreys
  • Jones
  • Leflore
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • Perry
  • 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.


For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses: healthyms.com/westnile or email at healthyMS.com/connect

 

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