Health officials report first West Nile virus human case of 2015 - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Health officials report first West Nile virus human case of 2015

JACKSON, MS -

This is a news release from Mississippi State Department of Health

Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2015. The reported case is an adult in Hinds County.
 
The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2014, Mississippi had 43 WNV cases and seven deaths.
 
“While WNV can occur any time of the year, we see the bulk of our cases during peak season, which is July through September. So this is the time of year to be extremely vigilant when going outdoors,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.
 
In previous years, WNV has been reported from all parts of the state. All Mississippians are potentially at risk – not just the areas where cases are reported.
 
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 environment from mosquito-borne illnesses:

  • Use a recommended mosquito repellent that contains 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.
  •  Please see www.HealthyMS.com/westnile for more information.

 For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com.
 
Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect

Copyright WDAM 2015. All rights reserved. 
 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • breaking

    1 dead in Jeff Davis Co. shooting, investigation ongoing

    1 dead in Jeff Davis Co. shooting, investigation ongoing

    Monday, August 21 2017 6:28 PM EDT2017-08-21 22:28:36 GMT
    Crime Scene GraphicCrime Scene Graphic

    Jefferson Davis County authorities are investigating a shooting that left one dead over the weekend near Bassfield.

    More >>

    Jefferson Davis County authorities are investigating a shooting that left one dead over the weekend in Bassfield.

    More >>
  • Sandersville home burns in Sunday fire

    Sandersville home burns in Sunday fire

    Monday, August 21 2017 6:25 PM EDT2017-08-21 22:25:54 GMT
    A trailer home in Sandersville community caught fire on Sunday afternoon and is being considered a total loss. Sandersville, Rustin, Sharon and Powers Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene on Highway 11 at approximately 12:13 p.m. The fire was reported by a neighbor who said that no one was home, according to the Jones County Fire Council.  Though there were no visible flames from the outside and firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the inside flame, ...More >>
    A trailer home in Sandersville community caught fire on Sunday afternoon and is being considered a total loss. Sandersville, Rustin, Sharon and Powers Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene on Highway 11 at approximately 12:13 p.m. The fire was reported by a neighbor who said that no one was home, according to the Jones County Fire Council.  Though there were no visible flames from the outside and firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the inside flame, ...More >>
  • Mayor Barker names nominees for Municipal Court

    Mayor Barker names nominees for Municipal Court

    Monday, August 21 2017 5:34 PM EDT2017-08-21 21:34:42 GMT
    Wes CurryWes Curry

    On Monday, Mayor Toby Barker announced his nominations for the City of Hattiesburg’s Municipal Court, including Wes Curry as municipal court judge; Phillip McSwain, Jr. as municipal court clerk; Shakita Taylor as public defender; and Sally O’Flynn as city prosecutor. “From day one, our administration’s vision has included a municipal court where people are empowered to make better decisions &ndash...

    More >>

    On Monday, Mayor Toby Barker announced his nominations for the City of Hattiesburg’s Municipal Court, including Wes Curry as municipal court judge; Phillip McSwain, Jr. as municipal court clerk; Shakita Taylor as public defender; and Sally O’Flynn as city prosecutor. “From day one, our administration’s vision has included a municipal court where people are empowered to make better decisions &ndash...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly