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State launches hotline in wake of Ebola epidemic scare

JACKSON — Mississippi has opened a 24-hour Ebola hotline for people with questions about the virus. It’s not a message tree — it’s answered by people. The Mississippi State Department of Health says that if necessary, those people will direct case-specific calls to health officials. The state epidemiologist, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, says a case of Ebola in Mississippi is highly ...

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Epidemiologist: State's hospitals can identify, isolate Ebola cases

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — State health officials say Mississippi hospitals will be capable of handling any Ebola cases that may arise. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said some hospitals are updating procedures based on information provided by the state Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But even now as updates are ongoing, Dobbs said Mississippi ...

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State officials identify first flu case this season

MARSHALL COUNTY  — Weeks into the flu season, state health officials say a Marshall County teen has Mississippi’s first reported flu infection. State Epidemiologist Thomas Dobbs says people should get flu shots now, if they haven’t already. He says it usually takes a week or two to provide immunity. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say flu usually ...

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Extension gives tips on avoiding Enterovirus-D68

STARKVILLE — Enterovirus-68 is making headlines and drawing attention to the importance of taking precautions even before cold and flu season arrives. Dr. Thomas Dobbs, state epidemiologist with the Mississippi State Department of Health, said a strain of enterovirus is causing serious complications in some children in 42 states, including Mississippi, as of the first of October. Strains of enterovirus ...

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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 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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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 do see cases reported this ...

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Health Department: Flu-related deaths soaring among young adults

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has received numerous reports from clinical partners throughout the state of flu-related deaths in younger adults, all of which were in patients unvaccinated against the flu. While physicians are not required to notify MSDH of a flu diagnosis or death, the agency monitors flu activity through the Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) ...

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