First Human Case of West Nile Reported in the Centennial State

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The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed its second human case of West Nile virus this year. The positive test came from Brighton Township on June 14.

Since 2011, there have been 58 cases of West Nile in mosquitoes and one human case in Berkshire County. That number also includes Allegheny and Lawrence counties.

"Risk for human infection generally builds through the season with peak risk occurring in August", DPH Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown said in a statement.

The Health Unit, along with each municipality, will continue to monitor for West Nile Virus activity. The best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

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DENVER -As you head out for summer fun, keep in mind to take along insect repellent to protect yourself against West Nile virus.

Most people experience no symptoms, but about one in five will develop fever and other flu-like symptoms including body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea and rash. The CDPHE is reminding the public that those over the age of 60 or who have certain medical conditions are at greater risk of developing series illness from West Nile, and thus, should take extra precautions against mosquitoes. During 2016, 13 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.

The Grundy County Health Department anticipates increased frequency of positive mosquito pools being detected, which raises the risk of disease transmission to the public.

For more information, visit the department's West Nile virus web page. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

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