- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—NATCHEZ — An Adams Countian has contracted the state’s second human case of West Nile virus this year.

The Mississippi State Department of Health said the first human case of West Nile in the state was reported in Hinds County.

No other information was available about the person diagnosed with West Nile in Adams County.

The state health department said it only reports laboratory-confirmed cases. In 2014, Mississippi had 43 West Nile virus cases and seven deaths.

State health department officials reminded Mississippi residents of the importance of preventing mosquito exposure.

“Historically, this is the time of year when we see the number of West Nile virus cases begin to increase. The majority of cases are usually reported in August and September — although West Nile virus cases can occur any time of the year,” said Dr. Thomas Dobb, state epidemiologist.

Symptoms of West Nile 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.

The state health department suggests the following precautions to protect yourself and your environment from mosquito-borne illnesses:

-Use a recommended mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors.

-Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.

-Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.

-Avoid all areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

For more information, visit HealthyMS.com/westnile.

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