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.