8 new West Nile Virus cases reported in Mississippi

8 new West Nile Virus cases reported in Mississippi
West Nile virus cases reported in MS; Source: WLBT archives

HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - 8 new West Nile Virus cases were reported by the MS Department of Health.

This brings the state total to 21 cases so for for this year.

The new cases are in Adams, Calhoun, Hinds (2), Forrest, Jones, Madison and Washington counties.

So far this year human cases have been reported in Adams (2), Calhoun, Copiah, Forrest (2), Hinds (8), Itawamba, Jones, Madison, Marion, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, and Washington counties. In 2017, Mississippi had 63 WNV cases and two deaths.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said now that Mississippi is in its peak west nile virus season of July through September.

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.

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