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State petitioning court to uphold abortion clinic law

JACKSON — Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges. In late July, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the law is unconstitutional because it would close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood filed papers yesterday ...

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One new case of chikungunya virus identified; resident dies of West Nile

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 sixth human case reported in a Mississippi. The five cases previously reported occurred in travelers to Haiti and ...

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Hospital agrees to pay fine for mishandling hazardous waste

GULFPORT — A Gulfport hospital is paying an $87,000 fine for improperly handling hazardous waste. Garden Park Medical Center agreed in May to pay the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality $87,100 for violating 21 separate rules governing the storage and disposal of hazardous waste. A May 19 order published by the department said the violations were found in an August ...

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Health Department identifies more human cases of West Nile virus

ADAMS COUNTY and RANKIN COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new human cases of West Nile virus for 2014. The new reported cases are in Adams and Rankin counties. So far this year, West Nile cases have been reported in Adams (1), Hinds (1), Newton (1) and Rankin (2) counties. The Department of Health only ...

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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 reported occurred in travelers to ...

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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 in travelers to Haiti and ...

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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 physicians at Methodist Rehab Center ...

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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. Deaths are rare, but officials ...

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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 of Ocean Spray Greek Yogurt ...

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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 — Pass Christian East Beach, ...

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