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Hinds County resident gets first West Nile Virus case of 2018

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported its first human case of West Nile virus in 2018.

The case is in Hinds County. In 2017, Mississippi had 63 WNV cases and two deaths. The first case was reported in late June.

“This first case of 2018 is a reminder that each year we have WNV cases in Mississippi and that all Mississippians need to act now to reduce their risk of infection regardless of where they live in the state. Most cases occur from July through September,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.

Symptoms of  the virus 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.

For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the MSDH website at HealthyMS.com/westnile.

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