Posts Tagged ‘disease’

Strickland: Hunters shouldn’t fear common deer diseases

STARKVILLE — Hunters who discover sick deer should not be overly concerned, according to a Mississippi State University researcher. Bronson Strickland, wildlife biologist and wildlife management specialist with the MSU Extension Service, writes: “As a wildlife specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, I get many phone calls and emails from hunters during the […] [...]

Demand outstripping Christmas tree supply as growers retire

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Consumers who want Mississippi-grown Christmas trees to deck their halls should shop early for the best selection every year. “Choose-and-cut Christmas tree production in Mississippi is fairly flat because there are growers each year who retire,” said Stephen Dicke, a forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Growers still in […] [...]

State launches hotline in wake of Ebola epidemic scare

JACKSON — Mississippi has opened a 24-hour Ebola hotline for people with questions about the virus. It’s not a message tree — it’s answered by people. The Mississippi State Department of Health says that if necessary, those people will direct case-specific calls to health officials. The state epidemiologist, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, says a case of […] [...]

State’s pumpkin growers hurt by disease, summer rain

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pumpkins are popping up on porches across Mississippi, but some growers had trouble getting them there. Many Mississippi pumpkin farmers experienced heavy disease pressure and a delayed harvest due to frequent summer rains. Growers planted more acres this year, but harvested fewer pumpkins than usual, said Stanley Wise, Union County agriculture and […] [...]

Currier: Ebola is low-risk, but training, preparation ongoing

JACKSON — State health officials say they are keeping Mississippi hospitals and medical facilities up-to-date on Ebola identification and treatment. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier, speaking at a briefing in Jackson today, says Ebola is low-risk in Mississippi. However, she says the Health Department is working with hospitals to get staff trained and prepared […] [...]

Health officials identify yet another case of West Nile virus

HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Health is confirming one new case of West Nile virus, bringing the state total to 44 this year with five deaths. The new case was reported in Hinds County. So far this year, human WNV cases have been reported in the following counties: Adams (3), Bolivar (1), Calhoun […] [...]

UMMC receives patient suspected of having Ebola

JACKSON — A patient who arrived Sunday night at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Emergency Department was questioned for the possibility of Ebola after exhibiting potential symptoms of the disease. The patient, who told staff they had recently been in contact with someone who had traveled from West Africa, was questioned as part of […] [...]

State’s 2014 total of West Nile virus cases hits 40

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Health officials have confirmed three new cases of West Nile virus. That brings the state’s total so far this year to 40 cases. The total includes five deaths previously reported. The new cases were reported in Lowndes, Neshoba, and Rankin counties. So far this year, human West Nile cases have been reported […] [...]

State’s 2014 death toll from West Nile grows to five

COAHOMA COUNTY and LEE COUNTY — State health officials are reporting two new deaths from the West Nile virus in Mississippi, bringing this year’s total to five. The deaths occurred in Lee and Coahoma counties. Other deaths have been reported earlier in Forrest, Madison and Yazoo counties. Reported were 12 new West Nile virus cases, […] [...]

Alcorn getting federal funding to study small farming operations

LORMAN — Alcorn State University will receive federal agriculture research resources to study how small farming operations in rural Mississippi can fight crop diseases. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who is ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee and who serves on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $246,318 […] [...]

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