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3 Zika cases confirmed in Mississippi

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Mississippi confirmed its third case of Zika virus.

The state's health department website lists three active cases of Zika virus. The cases are in Madison, Noxubee, and Oktibbeha.

Shelby County, Tennessee has also had a confirmed case of Zika.

Zika virus never manifests symptoms in 80 percent of the people who contract it. Zika is almost always a mild illness, except when pregnant women contract it.

Pregnant women can be infected with Zika virus in any trimester, and there have been increased cases of microcephaly possibly associated with Zika virus infections. Microcephaly is a condition where the head is smaller than normal and may lead to a child experiencing a variety of other health challenges, including physical and speech functions, seizure, hyperactivity, coordination problems, and other brain/neurological disorders. Shelby County Health Department advises women who are pregnant or of childbearing age to especially understand the risk of contracting Zika virus disease.

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