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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 ...

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Mississippi confirms 1st case of West Nile virus for 2019

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting the state’s first human case of West Nile virus this year. The department says Thursday that the case is in Smith County, in the central part of the state. In 2018, Mississippi had 50 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, with no deaths from it. In 2017, the state had 63 cases with ...

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Mississippi reaches 31 West Nile virus cases so far in 2018

A central Mississippi county is reporting its first case of West Nile virus, bringing the state’s total to 31 cases so far this year. The Mississippi State Department of Health says Monday that the new case is in Attala County. Mississippi has among the highest numbers of serious West Nile infections nationwide. Hinds County has reported 11 total cases. Adams, ...

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55 cases of West Nile virus in Mississippi so far in 2017

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new case of West Nile virus. That brings the total so far this year to 55 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, including two people who died weeks ago. The new case is in Monroe County. In 2016, the state had 43 cases with two deaths. So far this year, there have ...

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Mississippi has 1st West Nile virus death of 2017

Mississippi is reporting its first West Nile virus death for 2017. State Health Department officials say Monday that a person from Grenada County has died. Nine new cases of the virus were confirmed in Mississippi during the past week, including the person who died. Those bring the state total to 19 laboratory-confirmed cases this year. Forrest and Hinds counties each ...

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Miss health officials: 3rd West Nile virus case of 2015

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health says a Simpson County resident has the state’s third confirmed case of West Nile virus this year. Laboratories previously confirmed cases in Adams and Hinds counties. Last year, 43 people in Mississippi came down with the virus, and seven of them died. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said in Monday’s news release ...

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State approves new mosquito pesticide

GREENVILLE — Long at a disadvantage in the ceaseless war against mosquitoes and the diseases they bear, the Mississippi Delta is about to catch a break. A new pesticide has recently been approved by the State of Mississippi for use in the Delta, where, years ago, organophosphate-based pesticides were heavily applied to counter the cotton-infesting boll weevil. That liberal use ...

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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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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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West Nile Virus takes life of third Mississippian in 2013

JACKSON, Mississippi – According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), the third Mississippian of 2013 has died of West Nile virus (WNV). The death occurred in a Forrest County resident who was a previously reported human case. The state total for 2013 is now 43 human cases, including three deaths. The other two deaths occurred in Forrest and ...

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