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Case of Zika virus confirmed in DeSoto County

(Source: CDC) (Source: CDC)

The Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed one person in DeSoto County has the Zika virus.

MSDH said the infected person traveled to Jamaica recently.

Zika is a virus that is transmitted between people by mosquitoes. If contracted during pregnancy, it can cause serious birth defects. In healthy adults, it can cause a mild illness with symptoms like fever and pain lasting for several days to a week. However, some patients have no symptoms at all.

MSDH advises pregnant women not to travel to countries where Zika is actively being transmitted, including countries in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands, and Central and South America.

Additionally, MSDH detected a new case of West Nile virus in Rankin County. That brings the state total for 2016 to four confirmed cases--in Hinds, Granada, Lamar, and Rankin counties.

"The most important thing to remember is that West Nile virus is in Mississippi and continues to be a major health threat," MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said. "We are now in peak West Nile season, and we advise all Mississippians to continue to take precautions to prevent infection as we move through the late months."

The MSDH suggests the following precautions to protect yourself and your home from mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika and West Nile virus:

  • Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors.
  • 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.

For more information about Zika virus click here.  For more information about West Nile virus click here.

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