Posts Tagged ‘sickness’

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 […] [...]

State health officials identify two more cases of enterovirus-D68

FORREST COUNTY and CALHOUN COUNTY — Mississippi health officials are confirming two more cases of a virus that causes respiratory illness in children. The Mississippi State Department of Health says in a news release that the two cases were reported in young children — one from Forrest County and the other from Calhoun County. A […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Health Department confirms state’s first flu cases of season

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported the first confirmed cases of influenza in the state. According to the MSDH Public Health Laboratory, all the confirmed cases are influenza A (2009 H1N1) and are covered by the current flu vaccine. Health officials say although flu season usually peaks in January through March, […] [...]

State’s West Nile virus cases hit 39 this season

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health says four newly confirmed cases of West Nile virus bring the state total to 39 this year. The new cases, reported today, include one each in Forrest, Harrison, Hinds, and Madison counties. Hinds County has had the most reported cases this year at 11, followed by […] [...]

Two more West Nile cases identified; brings 2013 total to 17

HINDS COUNTY and RANKIN COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health says there are two new human cases of West Nile virus for 2013. The reported cases are in Hinds and Rankin counties, bringing the state total for 2013 to 17 cases, with one death. So far this year, cases have been reported in […] [...]

Agency issues warning but does not close Coast beaches

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued water contact advisories for three beach sampling stations in Hancock County. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in those areas. MDEQ is working closely with local […] [...]

State one of only three in U.S. to not have ‘widespread’ flu

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Health officials say flu is more widespread across the nation, but the number of hard-hit states has declined. Flu season started early this winter, and includes a strain that tends to make people sicker. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said flu was widespread in 47 states last week, up from […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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