- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi health regulators report one new human case of West Nile virus, bringing the 2016 total to four.

The Mississippi State Department of Health on Tuesday said the reported case was in Rankin County. So far this year, cases also have been reported in Hinds, Grenada and Lamar counties.

In 2015, Mississippi had 38 West Nile virus cases and one death.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs urged residents to continue to take precautions from mosquito bites to prevent infection by using mosquito repellent and removing standing water around homes and yards.

Symptoms of West Nile virus infection are often mild and may include fever, headache and nausea. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.

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