West Nile virus case reported in Calhoun County, state total now 17

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Mississippi’s 2018 West Nile virus count is now at 17 human cases.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 12:49 PM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 12:51 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi’s 2018 West Nile virus count is now at 17 human cases.

A new case of WNV has been reported in Calhoun County, confirms the Mississippi State Department of Health.

For the WTVA 9 News viewing area, this marks three local cases, including one in Itawamba County and one in Oktibbeha County. 

MORE: See the full list here 

Here are tips on how to stay protected:

  1. Use a recommended mosquito repellent
  2. Cover arms and legs with long, light-colored clothing
  3. Avoid mosquito-prone areas in the mornings and evening, when activity is highest
  4. Remove sources of standing water around your home where mosquitoes can breed

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.

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