JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – Mississippi’s 2018 West Nile virus count is now at 17 human cases.
A new case of WNV has been reported in Calhoun County, confirms the Mississippi State Department of Health.
For the WTVA 9 News viewing area, this marks three local cases, including one in Itawamba County and one in Oktibbeha County.
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Here are tips on how to stay protected:
- Use a recommended mosquito repellent
- Cover arms and legs with long, light-colored clothing
- Avoid mosquito-prone areas in the mornings and evening, when activity is highest
- Remove sources of standing water around your home where mosquitoes can breed
Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.