JACKSON, Miss. –The Mississippi State Department of Health reports six new cases of West Nile virus.
The latest cases brings the state’s total for for 2017 to 25. The cases were in Clay, Forrest, Hinds, Leake, Lowndes, and Rankin counties.
So far this year cases have been reported in Clay, Covington, Forrest (4), Grenada, Hinds (6), Humphreys, Jones, Leake, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Perry, Rankin (3), and Scott counties. One death has been reported in Grenada County.
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 virus has been detected in mosquitoes throughout the state, so residents in all counties should take the following precautions for protection against mosquito-borne illnesses:
- Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while you are outdoors.
- Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
- Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.
- Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.