WMC brings awareness of WNV

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The CDC has reported a higher than usual incidence in West Nile Virus this year and Mississippi has one of the highest rates of infection reported.

West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitos and the only prevention is to avoid being bitten. You can protect you and your family by wearing insect repellant when out doors, wearing long sleeved clothing when outside at dusk and dark, and cleaning up areas of standing water around your home.

Keep an eye out for symptoms such as high fever, fatigue, headache, joint pain, vomiting and diarrhea. While most people develop a mild form of the disease and some do not even know they are infected, others can develop a very serious form of the illness that can potentially result in hospitalization and even death.

Education and prevention are the keys to keep your families safe this mosquito season.

Mississippi Health Officials Report 26 New Human Cases of West Nile Virus The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports 26 new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2012.

The reported cases are in Copiah (2), Franklin, Hancock, Hinds (4), Jones (2), Lauderdale, Leflore, Lincoln (2), Madison (3), Monroe, Rankin (6), Sunflower, and Washington counties, bringing the state total for 2012 to 59 cases and one death.

In 2011, Mississippi had 52 WNV cases and five deaths. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

For more information on WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses, a checklist to reduce the mosquito population in and around homes, and recommended mosquito repellents, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com/westnile or call the WNV toll-free hotline from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-877-WST-NILE (1-877-978-6453).