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Mississippi reports nation’s first case of West Nile in 2016.

The first human case of West Nile Virus in the nation this year has been reported in Mississippi.

The Mississippi State Department of Health confirms this year’s first case is in Lamar County. Of course, there’s nothing special about Lamar County… West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne illness, and mosquitoes are EVERYWHERE. Keep that in mind this Memorial Day weekend and take care of yourself.

Symptoms of a West Nile Virus infection may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis.

  • MSDH suggests the following precautions to protect yourself:
  • Mosquito repellent containing DEET.
  • Get rid of standing water around your house.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing to cover the arms and legs while outdoors.
  • Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent (ummmm… OK).

Check out the MSDH website for more information.

1 Comment »

  1. I really enjoyed the segment that you had on “The Bee
    Keeper”! I found it to be really informing and enjoyable.
    My whole family watched with rapt attention!
    We probably enjoyed it so much because we have bees
    at our home and know a fair amount about them…in fact
    We know “The Bee Man”! He is my husband, Wes Fitzpatrick. And we love his adventures and he shares them
    Daily with us.

    Thanks for sharing that with us!
    Vickie Fitzpatrick, “The Bee Man’s wife and family”


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