- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi is reporting its first human case of West Nile virus for 2016.

The state Department of Health said in a news release Friday that the confirmed case of the mosquito-borne virus is in Lamar County.

Mississippi had 38 West Nile virus cases, and one of those people died.

The Health Department only releases statistics about laboratory-confirmed cases.

Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state epidemiologist, says West Nile virus can occur any time of year, but the peak season is from July through September.



A Health Department news release says symptoms of 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.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide