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
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
About 80 percent of those infected with the virus suffer no