Three Cases of WNV in Mississippi

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A human case of the West Nile Virus has been reported in Forrest County, the third case of the mosquito-born disease reported by state health officials this year.

The Mississippi State Department of Health said earlier cases were reported in Lincoln and Madison counties.

MSDH conducts statewide mosquito testing with its most intensive surveillance during peak mosquito reproduction time, usually July, August and September.

Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

Infection can cause encephalitis or meningitis in a small number of people. Those illnesses can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.

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