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Health Department identifies more human cases of West Nile virus

ADAMS COUNTY and RANKIN COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new human cases of West Nile virus for 2014. The new reported cases are in Adams and Rankin counties. So far this year, West Nile cases have been reported in Adams (1), Hinds (1), Newton (1) and Rankin (2) counties. […] [...]

Cases of mosquito-borne illnesses continue to rise

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new human case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya 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 fifth human case reported in a Mississippi. The four cases previously […] [...]

USM, hospitals form network to study West Nile virus

HATTIESBURG and JACKSON — The mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus has been on the upswing nationwide over the past several years. It is estimated that the virus has killed more than 1,500 people and infected more than 50,000 Americans in the last 15 years. Now, researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi have joined forces with […] [...]

Watermelon, blueberry crop hurt by weather, disease

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Party planners may have a hard time finding Mississippi-grown watermelons and blueberries for July 4th celebrations this year. Unfavorable weather slowed maturity and increased disease pressure for both crops. Much of the state’s blueberry crop is grown in south Mississippi, and most of its watermelons are grown in the southeast quarter of […] [...]

Health Department investigating state’s first potential case of chikungunya

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating its first potential case of chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) virus, a mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia. State health officials said yesterday that a Mississippi resident who recently returned from Haiti may have the illness. Symptoms include fever, muscle and joint pain and joint swelling. […] [...]

Soybean farmers facing issues after planting delayed by rains

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Although most of the state’s soybeans have been planted, Mississippi farmers will have to deal with the consequences of this spring’s wet weather for the rest of the growing season. “We never want to wish away a rain in June,” said Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist. “But growers […] [...]

Biologists alarmed as deadly bat disease fungus identified in state

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The fungus that causes a deadly bat disease has been found for the first time in Mississippi, though the disease itself hasn’t been found. State conservation biologist Kathy Shelton says the fungus was in samples collected during the winter from both hibernating bats and their roosts. The disease, called white-nose syndrome, has […] [...]

State’s first human case of West Nile in 2014 identified

HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has identified the state’s first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2014. The reported case is in Hinds County. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2013, Mississippi had 45 WNV cases and five deaths. “From time to time, we […] [...]

Rice crop overcomes early weather challenges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — After a late start for the planting season raised fears that a hot August could damage the crop, Mississippi’s rice has yielded a high-quality harvest. The Oct. 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress and condition report indicated the state’s rice crop was 96 percent harvested. The crop’s quality was rated as […] [...]

State records third West Nile virus death of season

FORREST COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health says there’s been a third death in the state from the West Nile virus. Health officials say the death was a Forrest County resident who was a previously reported human case. The state total for 2013 is now 43 human cases, including three deaths. The other […] [...]

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