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State reports 8th West Nile case

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Officials at the Mississippi State Health Department is reporting the state's eighth case of West Nile Virus (WNV). The case is in LeFlore County.

The state has recorded one WNV death for 2013.

The other infections have been reported in Madison, Montgomery, Lowndes, Wayne and Forrest Counties.   

In a news release, Health experts advise Mississippians to "take appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of contracting WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses year-round: remove sources of standing water, especially after rainfall; and if you will be in mosquito-prone areas, wear protective clothing (such as long-sleeved shirts and pants) during peak times from dusk until dawn, and use a recommended mosquito repellent according to manufacturer's directions."

WNV symptoms include flu-like side effects including headache, nausea, fever, and muscle weakness. Cases are usually mild but can be serious, including death.

For more information, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com/westnile or call the WNV toll-free hotline from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-877-WST-NILE.

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