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State records 16 cases of West Nile virus

Mississippi has seen 16 cases of West Nile virus (WNV) this year, according to a new report from the Mississippi State Department Health.  

Cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported as far north as Panola County, which has seen two reported cases of West Nile virus.  There have been no deaths reported.  

The latest report is found on the MSDH website.  

Last year, Mississippi saw seven cases of the virus reported with one death.  The first reported case of WNV in the state came from Claiborne County in 2020.  

The Centers for Disease Control says West Nile is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States.  

WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. The incubation period is thought to range from 3 to 14 days. Symptoms generally last 3 to 6 days. Mild cases of WNV might include a slight fever or headache. More severe cases can last for weeks or months. 

The elderly and immunocompromised are at highest risk of severe disease. Infections can be fatal. 

Learn more about West Nile virus and how to protect yourself from the disease on the MSDH website.  

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