Mississippi: West Nile virus total reaches 5 cases this year

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The Mississippi Department of Health says two more people are confirmed to have West Nile virus, bringing the state's total this year to five cases.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 12:42 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2019 12:47 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP/WTVA) — The Mississippi Department of Health says two more people are confirmed to have West Nile virus, bringing the state's total this year to five cases.

The department said Monday the new cases of the mosquito-borne illness are in Forrest County and Lamar County. Cases were reported in Smith, Hinds and Copiah counties in July.

In 2018, Mississippi had 50 human cases of West Nile virus, with no deaths from it. In 2017, the state had 63 cases with two deaths.

The state epidemiologist, Dr. Paul Byers, says most cases occur between July and September.

Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

RELATED: Department of Health provides tips to protect yourself from West Nile virus. Open this link.

Health officials urge people to reduce risk by using insect repellent, wearing long, light-colored clothes and eliminating standing water.

Smith, Forrest and Lamar counties are located near Hattiesburg.

Jackson is located in Hinds County.

Copiah County is located south of Jackson near the Louisiana state border.

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