Second Human West Nile Virus Case Reported

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Department of Health is reporting the state's second confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year.

The first case was reported last month in Coahoma County. The new case reported Thursday is in Winston County.

In 2009, Mississippi had 53 West Nile cases with four deaths.

Health officials say although West Nile numbers were lower in 2009 than in the previous year, they are not an indicator for the 2010 season.

State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier says it's important to remember that any disease spread by mosquitoes can occur in Mississippi all year long.


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  • by Al Location: USA on Mar 20, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    Swine flu, avian flu, SARS, West Nile--it's hard to keep current with the latest overly-publicized illness. bronchitis , the traditional flu and other more common illnesses should receive more attention.
  • by lobster Location: USA on Jul 6, 2010 at 08:59 AM
    The Mississippi department of Health might be true. Mosquito can be dangerous some times. They can be causative agent of many dangerous diseases like malaria. I also think this is similar to shingles. pneumonia symptoms nature is what I often doubt of. but this is also true some times.
  • by Mak Location: USA on Jun 28, 2010 at 04:29 AM
    The Mississippi department of Health might be true. Mosquito can be dangerous some times. They can be causative agent of many dangerous diseases like malaria. I also think this is similar to shingles. shingles contagious nature is what I often doubt of. but this is also true some times.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 at 04:26 AM
    Mississippi Department of Health is saying true. Mosquito can be very harmful as such. West Nile virus can cause a very dangerous disease like that of shingles. just visit the local hospital and take a flu shot before visiting the tropical country or other temperate regions. Of course not every hospital has this ones, so you'll have to make a little research. shingles contagious nature is not supported fully by the people from the medical field but I think it is true.
  • by Bradley44 Location: California on Apr 12, 2010 at 02:20 AM
    Mosquito can be really dangerous as I see. I had visited Winston County for few times this year but I have never thought that it is an ability to catch West Nile virus there. I have never actually seen any mosquito there. Maybe I was just lucky and that's all. Talking about the virus itself - it is well known for me. My friend had caught this one during his trip in Brazil last year. He said that it is widely spread in the tropical and temperate regions. Talking about symptoms, they are very similar to the simple flu: fever, headache, chills, weakness, sweating or various strep throat symptoms. I must say that it is not the best infection to be infected with, because people are really suffering. In order to stay healthy - just visit the local hospital and take a flu shot before visiting the tropical country or other temperate regions. Of course not every hospital has this ones, so you'll have to make a little research.
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