SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Mississippi reports three new human West Nile virus cases

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported three new human cases of West Nile virus on Monday for the 2013 season.

The West Nile virus cases were reported in Madison, Jones and Hinds counties. So far this season, there were 10 cases reported in Hinds County and three cases each in Rankin, Lamar and Forrest counties. Two cases were reported in Jones, Leflore and Madison counties with one case each reported in Bolivar, Lincoln, Lowndes, Marion and Wayne counties.

As of Monday, there were 30 cases of West Nile virus reported this year, including one death. The MSDH also reported a human case of mosquito-borne LaCrosse encephalitis in Warren County.

In 2012, there were 247 cases of West Nile virus and five deaths.

Symptoms of West Nile virus are typically mild and may include swollen lymph nodes, muscle weakness, rash, vomiting, nausea, headache and fever. A small number of cases of West Nile virus can lead to meningitis or encephalitis, resulting in paralysis, coma and potentially death.

The MSDH recommended that Mississippians take appropriate precautions to avoid contracting West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses by removing sources of standing water, wearing protecting clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants from dusk till dawn and using a recommended mosquito repellent.