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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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Health Department issues CONS, one for cost overrun

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has issued certificates of need (CONs) to three health care-related projects, including one for a cost overrun. St. Dominic – Jackson Memorial Hospital received CON authority for the renovation of 17,008 square feet of space on the first and second floors of the hospital in order to modernize its Operating Room East area. ...

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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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Second human case of West Nile identified

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 and five deaths. State Epidemiologist ...

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Council seeking public comment on farm-to-school programs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm to School Interagency Council is inviting public comment on proposed objectives of the Council and the promotion of farm to school programs in Mississippi in general. The public comment period will end on June 16 at 11:59 p.m. The Interagency Farm to School Council was created by the Mississippi Legislature in 2013 to identify models ...

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Free tetanus shots being offered to storm victims

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Tetanus vaccinations are being offered free to all residents in storm-affected counties. The Mississippi State Department of Health reminds all storm-affected residents that a tetanus vaccination is recommended if it has been 10 years or more since your last tetanus vaccination. Residents and first responders involved in storm cleanup are at greater risk of injury and tetanus ...

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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 cases on the rise statewide

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting an increase in influenza activity over the past several weeks. “We are seeing evidence of influenza activity throughout the state,” said MSDH state epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs. “Seasonal flu usually peaks from January to March in Mississippi, but infections can be seen before and after peak season. All ...

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Craig goes to D.C. for release of preparedness index

JACKSON — Jim Craig, director of health protection for the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), is in Washington, D.C., today for the public release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI), a new national index that helps states assess their level of preparedness in the areas of health and security. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ...

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