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Epidemiologists report flu running rampant through state

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The early start to flu season that’s sweeping the country hasn’t spared Louisiana and Mississippi. While the outlook for the rest of the season isn’t clear, experts are encouraging people to take precautions such as getting a flu shot and making it a practice to wash hands often to prevent the spread […] [...]

Flu season comes early; officials fear bad year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Health officials say flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years — and it could be a bad one. The primary strain circulating is one that tends to cause more severe illness, especially in the elderly. But officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the […] [...]

State sets another West Nile record with two new cases

WAYNE COUNTY and PERRY COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new human cases of West Nile virus. The new cases were reported in Wayne and Perry counties, bringing the state total to 244 cases and five deaths. This continues to be the highest number of West Nile virus cases ever […] [...]

Report: State ranks near top in U.S. in antibiotic use

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Research revealed during “Get Smart Week” shows that California joined Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington as the five states with the lowest antibiotic use in the nation in 2010. “Get Smart Week” is a national partnership launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote the appropriate use of […] [...]

Okla. makes biggest jump, but Miss. still tops diabetes ranking

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The nation’s diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to a new federal report. It is Mississippi, though, that still has the highest rate of diabetes. The diabetes rate in Oklahoma more than tripled, and Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama also saw dramatic increases […] [...]

State continues to re-write record for West Nile virus cases

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting six new human cases of West Nile virus. The new cases were reported in Adams, Calhoun, Forrest, Jackson, Smith and Tippah counties, bringing the state total to 242 cases and five deaths. This is the highest number of West Nile virus cases ever reported […] [...]

West Nile cases still growing — up to 236 with five deaths

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting three new human cases of West Nile virus, the lowest weekly total in months. The new cases were reported in Jones, Lincoln and Simpson counties, bringing the state total to 236 cases and five deaths. This is the highest number of WNV cases ever […] [...]

MDEQ lifts beach closure following sewage spill

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a beach closure issued Oct. 13 in Biloxi. The closure extended for a section of beach from Mockingbird Lane on the west to Edgewater Drive on the east and included Beach Station 11A-Edgewater Beach. Last Saturday, the City of […] [...]

State’s human cases of West Nile virus tops 200

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state Department of Health is reporting 13 new human cases of West Nile virus. The new cases were reported in DeSoto (1), Forrest (1), Hancock (1), Hinds (2), Holmes (1), Lauderdale (1), Pike (1), Panola (1), Rankin (1), Scott (1), Walthall (1) and Winston (1) counties, bringing the state total to […] [...]

State records fifth death from West Nile virus

MADISON COUNTY — A fifth victim of West Nile virus has died in Mississippi. The Mississippi State Department of Health said someone who had earlier been infected in Madison County has died, bringing the state’s 2012 death total to five. The state also reported 14 new cases Monday, pushing the year’s total to 200. That’s […] [...]

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