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1 new case of West Nile virus confirmed in Mississippi

The Mississippi Department of Health says one more person is confirmed to have West Nile virus, bringing the state’s total this year to seven cases.

The department said Monday the new case of the mosquito-borne illness is in Forrest County.

Copiah, Hinds, Lamar, Leake and Smith counties each has a single case. Forrest County now has two.

In 2018, Mississippi had 50 human cases of West Nile virus, with no deaths from it. In 2017, the state had 63 cases with two deaths.

The state epidemiologist, Dr. Paul Byers, says most cases occur between July and September.

Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

Health officials urge people to reduce risk by using insect repellent, wearing long, light-colored clothes and eliminating standing water.

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