Hinds County, MS (WMC) - Mississippi State Department of Health discovered the first human West Nile virus case of 2018 in Hinds County.
Mississippi had 63 cases and two deaths in 2017.
Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness, or swollen lymph nodes.
In severe cases, the virus could lead to paralysis, comma, and possibly death.
To prevent the chances of getting West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses, the MSDH suggests:
- Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while your outside.
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 areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.