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3rd West Nile case confirmed in Mississippi

The Department of Health on Friday

confirmed this year's third case of West Nile virus.

The case of the mosquito-borne disease occurred in Scott County,

joining cases reported in Walthall and Lawrence counties earlier

this year.

Thirteen of 183 people hit with the disease last year died and

six of 70 people died in 2005.

No deaths have been reported this year, but the peak mosquito

breeding season comes this summer.

The Health Department recommends removing sources of standing

water, avoiding mosquito-prone areas, especially between dusk and

dawn when mosquito activity is highest, wearing protective

clothing, and applying a mosquito repellent to reduce the risk of

contracting mosquito-borne illnesses.

Symptoms of West Nile virus are often mild or flu-like and may

include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness

or swollen lymph nodes.

Infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis in a small

number of people. Those illnesses can lead to paralysis, coma and

possibly death.

About 80 percent of those infected with the virus suffer no

symptoms.

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