West Nile virus claims two more lives

by Associated Press

Published: September 5,2012

Tags: death, disease, fatality, health care, illness, mosquito, public health, sickness

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new deaths and 19 new human cases of the West Nile virus.

Health officials say both deaths were in Rankin County, and the new cases were reported in Calhoun (2), Copiah (1), Hinds (1), Lamar (1), Lauderdale (1), Madison (2), Marion (1), Pearl River (1), Rankin (6), Warren (1), and Yazoo (2) counties, bringing the state total to 114 cases and four deaths.

Health officials say it is the largest number of cases reported by the end of July since 2002.

In 2011, Mississippi had 52 WNV cases and five deaths. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

The MSDH is also reporting a human case of La Crosse encephalitis in Lawrence County.

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One Response to “West Nile virus claims two more lives”

  1. Ron Hlinka Says:

    I was one of the confirmed cases in Rankin County and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. I think it is the most ill I have ever been. I was down for over a week with temps of 105 F for several days, despite placing ice packs under my neck, axilla, forehead, and groin. I had many flu like symptoms, but the headaches I suffered with were incredible. It literally hurt to even move my head. My advice to anyone experiencing anything like what I described is to seek medical attention immediately. Also, I know that viruses generally have to run their course, but I was given a shot of Rocephin and a Z-pack as a prophylaxiis. Thanks, just wanted to comment on the seriousness of the WNV.

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