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Chikungunya — the next West Nile?

Earlier this month, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported the first-ever confirmed case of the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) in the state of Mississippi. Chikungunya produces similar symptoms to the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, and like West Nile can be fatal. So, is Mississippi facing another West Nile-like epidemic threat? MSDH says “no” — at least not yet. ...

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VIDEO: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease

In a single year, there are 200-300 million cases of malaria and 50-100 million cases of dengue fever worldwide. So: Why haven’t we found a way to effectively kill mosquitos yet? In this TED Talk, Hadyn Parry presents a fascinating solution: genetically engineering male mosquitos to make them sterile, and releasing the insects into the wild, to cut down on ...

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Six more cases of West Nile virus identified

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Six newly reported cases of West Nile virus bring the total in Mississippi this year to 39. Yesterday, the state Department of Health reported one in a previously reported West Nile virus case in Jasper County. The six new cases were in Hinds, Madison, Rankin (3) and Washington counties. So far this year, cases have been confirmed ...

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Health Department reports another West Nile virus case

MADISON COUNTY — Five newly reported cases of West Nile virus bring the total in Mississippi this year to 24. Yesterday, the state Health Department said a new case was found in Madison County. So far this year, cases have been confirmed in Forrest (three), Hinds (four), Jones (three), Madison (two), Pearl River (six) and one case each in Coahoma, ...

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Health Department reports another West Nile virus case

HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports one new human case of West Nile virus in Hinds County, bringing the state’s total to 15 for 2011. So far this year, cases have been reported in Coahoma, Forrest (two), Hinds (three), Jones (three), Pearl River (four), Tallahatchie, and Wayne counties. A previously reported Marion County case was ...

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Health Department reports first human case of West Nile

TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has identified the state’s first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) of 2011. The case was reported in Tallahatchie County. The MSDH only reports confirmed cases to the public. In 2010, Mississippi had eight WNV cases. Although WNV numbers were lower in 2010 than in the previous year, they ...

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Another case of West Nile virus identified

LEFLORE COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports two new human West Nile virus (WNV) cases in Leflore County, bringing the state’s total to three. Both cases were reported in adults. The MSDH reports both confirmed and probable cases to the public. So far this year, there have been two positive WNV cases reported in Leflore County ...

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