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Mississippi reports first 2013 West Nile Virus death

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JACKSON, Miss. (KNOE 8 News) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports the first West Nile virus death for 2013, along with two new human cases.

The death was in Montgomery County, and the new reported cases are in Forrest and Wayne counties. Tuesday's report brings the state total for 2013 to six cases, including one death. This time last year there were no reported deaths in Mississippi.

So far this year, cases have been reported in Madison, Forrest (2), Wayne, Lowndes and Montgomery counties.  The state only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2012, Mississippi had a record number of human cases.  Last year, the state reported 247 cases and five deaths.   

Mississippians should take appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses: 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.

Symptoms of infection 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.


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