1 new case of West Nile virus reported in Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - JACKSON, MS (AP) - Health officials say one new case of West Nile virus has been reported in Mississippi, bringing the state total to four so far this year.

The Mississippi Department of Health said in a news release that the new case occurred in an adult in Scott County. This year's other cases have been reported in Leflore and Coahoma counties.

One human case of LaCrosse encephalitis has been reported in Montgomery County. That mosquito-borne illness is similar to West Nile virus.

Symptoms of West Nile virus 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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