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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 […] [...]

MDEQ lifts beach advisories, closure; all stations now clear

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted two water contact advisories for Coast beach monitoring stations. The affected stations are: • Station 7A-Long Beach Beach, which extends from Oak Gardens Avenue east to Girard Avenue • Station 8, Gulfport West Beach, which extends from Marie […] [...]

Advisories issued for two segments of beach

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

MDEQ raises water contact advisory for Coast beach

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a water contact advisory that was issued February 20 for a beach monitoring station in Ocean Springs. The advisory has been raised for Station 17-St. Andrews Beach. Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable […] [...]

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