Mississippi Reports Four New West Nile Virus Human Cases
September 24, 2018
JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports four new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the state’s total to 37 so far for 2018. The reported cases are in Hinds (3) and Madison counties.
So far this year human cases have been reported in Adams (2), Attala, Calhoun (2), Copiah, Forrest (2), Harrison (2), Hinds (15), Itawamba, Jones, Lauderdale, Madison (2), Marion, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, Rankin (2), Walthall and Washington counties. In 2017, Mississippi had 63 WNV cases and two deaths.
MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers reminds Mississippians that peak season of WNV continues through the end of the month, and it is important for all Mississippians to take precautions, regardless of reports of human cases in specific counties.
Byers said that while most people with WNV recover without any long-term problems, some develop a more severe infection that can lead to complications and even death ¬— especially those over 50 years of age.
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 MSDH suggests the following precautions to protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne illnesses:
For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the MSDH website at HealthyMS.com/westnile.
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