First West Nile Case Of 2018 Confirmed in Hinds County

Chicot Memorial

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi department of health has confirmed that a Hinds County resident is the first case of West Nile Virus for 2018. State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers says symptoms of the virus are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. Most infected people recover but In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death. Last year the first of 63 West Nile cases was reported in June and there were two deaths in the state. Cases of West Nile occur every year in Mississippi, generally from July to September. More information about West Nile is available online at



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