West Nile Virus Spreading in Mississippi at High Rates; Experts Concerned

West Nile Virus Spreading in Mississippi at High Rates; Experts ConcernedWest Nile Virus has strongly placed its foot in Mississippi as evident from the increasing number of cases of the same. Reports have been released by the Mississippi State Department of Health. It has found 13 more cases of the virus in the last week.

As per the report, amongst a total of 82 counties, 42 have realized an infection case, one at the least. The virus has arrived in the region after the year 2002, when it had maintained a record of 12 deaths and 192 confirmed cases.

This time, until now, five deaths have been recorded. Two of these were seen in Rankin County, while three other cases of death had been noted in Madison, Lincoln and Stone counties. Besides, the new cases have been noted in Rankin, Scott, DeSoto, Winston and Walthall.

Also, Hancock, Holmes Panola, Lauderdale and Forrest have reported one case each, with Hinds County coming up with two confirmed cases. The total number has gone up to touch 213, the report says. The data is concerning, say health experts, since starting from symptoms like fever, muscle aches and a rash; the infection can lead to altered consciousness, brain swelling and coma as well.

Therefore, people are being urged to keep taking precautions to prevent the virus spread.

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