34 Cases of West Nile Virus Occurred in Mississippi This Year

According to reporting from WJTV, there have been 34 cases of West Nile Virus in humans diagnosed in Mississippi this year. The health department reports that cases were found in 17 different counties, including Humphreys County and Sunflower County. Please check the report if you would like to see the additional counties in which the viral infection was spread. 

Did you know that West Nile Virus is considered the most common mosquito-borne virus in the United States? Despite this, most people with West Nile virus will only experience mild symptoms—or may not experience symptoms at all. Just a small number of people—every 1 in 150, approximately—will have severe symptoms because the virus will enter the brain. People with mild symptoms may experience: 

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash 
  • Joint and body pain

For those with severe symptoms, they may experience meningitis or encephalitis, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, tremor, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness, paralysis, and coma

There are no specific treatment options for West Nile virus. Treatment relies on symptom management. If someone develops meningitis or encephalitis, they should be hospitalized for further care.

Raising awareness of West Nile virus, and protective measures against mosquitos, can be helpful in reducing the spread. 

Protecting Against Mosquitos (and West Nile Virus!) 

Taking some protective action can prevent you from becoming infected. Since mosquitos are often found around stagnant water, consider getting rid of any areas in your yard or surrounding areas that could hold water, such as pots or cans. If you have a wading pool or bird bath, try to switch the water once weekly. 

When you’re outside, use mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves and pants to reduce the risk of getting bitten. Mosquitos are most active in the morning and evening, so going outside in the middle of the day may also reduce your risk. 

Finally, if you are in an area where mosquito activity is heavy, consider a mosquito net for sleeping.

Jessica Lynn

Jessica Lynn

Jessica Lynn has an educational background in writing and marketing. She firmly believes in the power of writing in amplifying voices, and looks forward to doing so for the rare disease community.

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