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State records second death this year from West Nile virus

MADISON COUNTY — State health officials are reporting a second death this year from the West Nile virus in Mississippi. The state Department of Health said the most recent death occurred in Madison County. The first death was in Yazoo County. Health officials also reported new human cases in Adams, Bolivar, Covington, Forrest and Rankin […] [...]

Tragedy for Jackson Prep: Football player Walker Wilbanks dies

by Published: August 25,2014

Tags: Jackson Preparatory School

Jackson Preparatory School football player Walker Wilbanks died Monday after coming off the field and  complaining of illness during the school’s home opener Friday night against Oxford. The official cause of death was listed as cerebral adema secondary to exercise associated hyponatremia. Joe Pressler, the high school junior’s lead physician at University of Mississippi Medical Center, said […] [...]

Higher rates for Humana, lower for Magnolia ahead on health exchange

by Published: August 22,2014

Tags: buisnes, education, healthcare, Mississippi, Obamacare

Mississippians on the state’s federally run health insurance exchange will see both increases and decreases in premiums starting Jan. 1. Mississippi has two only two insurers on the plan, Humana of Louisville, Ky., and Magnolia Health Plan, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Centene. Humana covers about 42,000 people and Magnolia about 20,000. The federal government, […] [...]

State Health Department says pair of casino workers contracted TB

TUNICA, Mississippi – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has confirmed two recent cases of active tuberculosis (TB) contracted by workers at two casinos in Tunica. Health officials have yet to identify the casinos. Tuberculosis is an airborne infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The MSDH has been working closely with the […] [...]

Ground broken for new Hattiesburg Clinic facility

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Clinic has broken ground for its Bellevue facility. The new complex will be located at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 98 in Hattiesburg. The Bellevue facility will be home to Hattiesburg Clinic’s Lake Serene Family Clinic, Lake Serene Physical Therapy and Eye Associates, a total of 11 providers. The new […] [...]

Two more human cases of West Nile identified

HINDS COUNTY and RANKIN COUNTY  — State health officials say two more Mississippians have been infected with West Nile virus. The state Department of Health said yesterday that a Hinds County resident and a Rankin County resident have confirmed cases. So far this year, nine cases of West Nile have been reported, including one death […] [...]

Singing River officially opens new Northwest Tower

OCEAN SPRINGS — Singing River Health System (SRHS) recently celebrated the newest addition to its facilities with a building dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Northwest Tower at Ocean Springs Hospital. The $16.5 million, 88,000-square-foot facility is home to the surgical pre-op and post-op care areas for same day surgery, the Congestive Heart Failure […] [...]

Health care group wants to put smoking ban on ballot

JACKSON — Having failed to persuade lawmakers to ban smoking in public places, the Mississippi State Medical Association now wants lawmakers to put the question to voters. The association, which represents Mississippi’s 4,700 physicians, announced this week it will gather petition signatures in doctors’ offices asking the 2015 Legislature to set a referendum. “We hope […] [...]

State petitioning court to uphold abortion clinic law

JACKSON — Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges. In late July, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the law is unconstitutional because it would close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Democratic Attorney General […] [...]

One new case of chikungunya virus identified; resident dies of West Nile

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new human case of chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN’-yuh) virus. Health officials say in a news release the newest case occurred in a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic. This is the sixth human case reported in a Mississippi. The five cases previously reported occurred […] [...]

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