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Mississippi health department says Adams County reports state's 2nd West Nile case for 2015

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Health officials in Mississippi say the state's second West Nile virus case for 2015 has been reported in Adams County.

The state health department said Monday in a news release that one other case of the mosquito-borne virus was reported last week in Hinds County.

Symptoms resulting from a West Nile infection are often mild. But some cases can cause flu-like symptoms including fever, headache and nausea; and a small number can develop into encephalitis or meningitis that can cause paralysis or death.

Health department officials provided no details on the severity of the two cases reported so far this year.

The department said that in 2014, Mississippi recorded 43 West Nile virus cases. Seven of those were fatal.

"Historically, this the time of year when we see the number of West Nile Virus cases begin to increase," Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state's epidemiologist, said in a news release. "The majority of cases are usually reported in August and September - although West Nile Virus cases can occur any time of the year."

The health department urged precautions to prevent mosquito bites, including the use of mosquito repellent containing the ingredient DEET, removing sources of standing water from around homes to prevent mosquito breeding, and keeping arms and legs covered with loose, light colored clothing when outdoors.

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