Carroll County is one of ten counties where at least one person has been infected by the West Nile Virus.
According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, 12 new human cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported, bringing the total to 37 cases statewide.
So far this year, five deaths from the disease have been reported. Recent WNV deaths were reported in Lee and Coahoma counties.
For Carroll County, it joins ten other counties -- Adams, Coahoma, Clarke, Jones, Lee, Monroe, and Washington counties – who have reported cases this week. Two cases were also reported in Forrest and Hinds counties.
So far this year, human WNV cases have been reported in the following counties: Adams (3), Bolivar (1), Carroll (1), Coahoma (1), Clarke (1), Covington (1), Forrest (6), Harrison (1), Hinds (9), Jones (1), Lauderdale (1), Lee (1), Madison (1), Monroe (1), Newton (1), Rankin (4), Yazoo (1), Washington (1), and Wilkinson (1). Five WNV deaths have occurred, in Coahoma, Forrest, Lee, Madison, and Yazoo counties.
The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2013, Mississippi had 45 WNV cases and five deaths.
This is the second year that the WNV has hit the area. Last year, one person died as a result of the virus.
“This is typically the time of the year when our case numbers rise, given that peak season in Mississippi is July, August, and September. It’s a good reminder that WNV is throughout the state, and all Mississippians should remain vigilant, even with cooler weather,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.
According to the MDH, Mississippians should take the following precautions to reduce the risk of contracting WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses year-round: remove sources of standing water, especially after rainfall; and if you will be in mosquito-prone areas, wear protective clothing (such as long-sleeved shirts and pants) during peak times from dusk until dawn, and use a recommended mosquito repellent according to manufacturer’s directions. Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.