Mississippi confirms 2 new cases of West Nile
The two new cases, found in Madison County, brings the number of West Nile virus cases in the state to 13 for 2015. Two cases were found in Forrest County, two in Madison County, one in Adams County, one in Covington County, one in Simpson County, three in Rankin County and three in Hinds County.
In 2014, there was a total of 43 West Nile virus cases in Mississippi. Seven of these cases resulted in death.
Symptoms of the virus include fever, nausea, headache, muscle weakness, vomiting, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. The symptoms are usually mild. Only a few cases each year result in meningitis or encephalitis, both of which can cause coma, paralysis, and even death.
State Epidemiologist Thomas Dobbs said residents of Mississippi should remain on guard against contracting West Nile virus. The main portion of West Nile virus cases are discovered between August and September.
The MSDH reports only laboratory-confirmed cases of West Nile.