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Health officials confirm two new cases of West Nile Virus

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported two new human cases of West Nile Virus.

That brings the total of 2016 to 32. These two new cases were reported in Rankin and Sunflower counties.

So far this year, West Nile has been reported in Adams, Attala, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Copiah (3), Forrest, Hinds (7), Grenada, Jackson, Lamar (3), Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Marion (3), Perry, Rankin (3) and Sunflower counties.

There has been one West Nile death reported in a Hinds County resident. 

Symptoms of WNV infection are usually 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.

The MSDH suggests the following precautions to protect yourself from mosquitos:

·        Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while you are outdoors.

·        Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.

·        Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.

·        Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the MSDH website or HealthyMS.com/Zika. Follow MSDH by email and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.

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