West Nile virus reported in Clay County

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

One human case of West Nile virus, which is typically transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, has been reported in Clay County in a report released by the Mississippi Department of Health on Tuesday.

According to the Center for Disease Control, some who get West Nile virus show no symptoms, but fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash are common symptoms. In rare cases, west nile virus can cause meningitis and encephalitis.

Most people are infected by West Nile virus from June through Sept.

MDH suggests using mosquito repellant, covering arms and legs with long clothing, avoiding mosquito prone areas in the evenings and morning when they are most active and removing sources of standing water around homes where mosquitos can breed.

According to the same MDH report, West Nile virus has also been reported in Covington, Forrest, Grenada, Hinds, Humphreys, Jones, Leake, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Perry, Rankin and Scott counties in 2017.

For more information about West Nile virus and its prevention, visit http://www.msdh.state.ms.us.