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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 […] [...]

Health officials identify another case of chikungunya virus

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 fourth human case reported in a Mississippi. The three cases previously reported occurred […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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. […] [...]

Ocean Spray issues recall over peanut allergy risk

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Ocean Spray is voluntarily recalling two production lots of Ocean Spray Greek Yogurt Covered Craisins Dried Cranberries because the products may contain yogurt-covered peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The following eight-ounce pouches […] [...]

MDEQ issues water contact advisories for Coast beaches

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued water contact advisories for five Coast sampling stations. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas. The affected stretches of beach are: Station 7 […] [...]

Health Department urging Hepatitis C screening; offering free tests

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is offering free Hepatitis C testing at all county health departments in May. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs says in a news release that people born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C and may not know it. Hepatitis […] [...]

Free tetanus shots being offered to storm victims

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Tetanus vaccinations are being offered free to all residents in storm-affected counties. The Mississippi State Department of Health reminds all storm-affected residents that a tetanus vaccination is recommended if it has been 10 years or more since your last tetanus vaccination. Residents and first responders involved in storm cleanup are at greater […] [...]

Louisville tornado believed to be EF4; state’s death toll grows to nine

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit the Louisville area last night has a preliminary rating of EF-4. Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist at National Weather Service in Jackson, confirmed the rating today. An EF-4 rating means the tornado packed wind speeds of 170 to 190 mph. Reports are pending on […] [...]

Advisories lifted on three Coast beaches by MDEQ

HANCOCK COUNTY and HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted three water contact advisories for three beach monitoring stations. The advisories were lifted for the following stations in Hancock County: • Station 1-Lakeshore Beach, which extends from the Sliver Slipper Casino eastward to the jetty […] [...]

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