Health officials: Second MS resident dead from West Nile Virus

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi State Department of Health says for the second time this year, someone has died in our state from West Nile Virus. Officials say the person was a Forrest county resident.

Health officials also announced four new human infections including three in Forrest County and one in Lee County. In all there have been 15 confirmed cases.

The agency reports an additional case of St. Louis Encephalitis found in animals in Forrest County.

Since July 2009, West Nile Virus has been reported in DeSoto, Forrest, Harrison,  Hinds, Lee, Marion, Rankin and Washington counties.

Symptoms of WNV 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.

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