MS confirms 1st case of West Nile virus for 2019

Imperial County Man Is Likely California’s 1st West Nile Virus Fatality of 2019

Imperial County Man Is Likely California’s 1st West Nile Virus Fatality of 2019

In 2018, there were 50 cases of West Nile Virus reported, but no deaths.

The Mississippi State Department of Health Thursday reported its first human case of West Nile virus in 2019.

The state DPH says there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in any person or animal in the state this year. KDHE is especially tracking Reno County's mosquito population closely due to the number of West Nile cases in the area in past years. KDHE officials say a contractor in the area will start spraying next week.

People 60 years and older and those with compromised immune systems have the highest risk of complications, including encephalitis and meningitis, officials said.

Residents should remove standing water in places such as flower pots to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs, said Jessica Rigler of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The finding is typical, the department says, with peak season for West Nile happening sometime in August. "This local death serves as a reminder to our community of the importance of taking precautions against mosquito bites", Imperial County health officer Dr. Stephen Munday said in a statement.

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