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Second human case of West Nile identified

June 2, 2014

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The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting the state’s second human case of West Nile virus for 2014.The new reported case is in Newton County. In February, health officials reported a case in Hinds County. The state health department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2013, Mississippi had 45 West Nile cases […]

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VDCI lands mosquito-abatement contract

May 13, 2014

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With spring comes mosquitoes and the threat of West Nile virus, but one county is taking a proactive defense. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors members have awarded a mosquito abatement contract to Vector Disease Control International (VDCI). Terms were not disclosed. VDCI has an office located in Jackson, and has been serving the Jackson […]

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Report: State should be spending more to keep kids tobacco-free

December 10, 2013

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A national ranking has been released that does not have Mississippi at the bottom, but the report finds the state should rank higher. Fifteen years after the 1998 state tobacco settlement, Mississippi ranks 16th in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released […]

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Event to take long look at growing wild hog problem

November 18, 2013

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Wild hogs continue to pose a threat to agriculture and public health in Mississippi, and now an event will address the issue and hopefully come up with some solutions. Mississippi State University Extension Service is sponsoring a seminar in Pontotoc to educate the public on the need to manage the exploding population of wild hogs. […]

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MDAC: Don’t get grinched by meat vendors

November 13, 2013

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‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry — unless you get some tainted meat. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is warning Mississippians to be aware that a knock at the door from a meat vendor could spoil your holidays. Due to the season, MDAC reports it usually sees an increase in […]

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Babies sleeping safer as SIDS rate plummets

October 15, 2013

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While a lot of the headlines on the health care front in Mississippi is bad to really bad, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting some good news. The number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) deaths in Mississippi has declined by more than half from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, the state […]

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USDA grant aimed at improving health of Delta clinic

October 11, 2013

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One of the most pressing needs in the Mississippi Delta is adequate health care, and a recent federal grant will hopefully help a facility in Leland better serve the community. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $900,000 grant to the Delta Health Alliance (DHA) for renovations to the Leland Medical Clinic. Alliance CEO […]

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Got mother’s milk? Forrest General meets demand with depot

September 17, 2013

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While most are familiar with hospitals’ constant struggle to maintain their supply of blood, many are unaware that health care facilities also face a challenge when it comes to another life-sustaining liquid — human milk. Demand for donor human milk in hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) continues to rise. Supply of donor milk has been […]

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Second death reported in Mississippi from West Nile

August 6, 2013

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The Mississippi Department of Health is reporting the state’s second death this year from the West Nile disease.The death occurred in Bolivar County. Mississippi is currently in the peak season for West Nile and four new cases have been reported in Forrest, Hinds, and Rankin counties bringing to total number of cases this year to […]

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