JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi has its first human case of West Nile virus in 2019.
According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, the reported case is in Smith County.
Smith County is located southeast of Jackson.
Last year, the state had 50 West Nile virus cases and no deaths. The first case in 2018 was reported in mid-July.
“Most cases occur from July through September, so this is to be expected,” said Dr. Paul Byers, the state's epidemiologist.
Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.
The state health department suggests people use mosquito repellent, remove all sources of standing water, and wear loose and long clothing to cover their arms and legs when outdoors.
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