Health Briefs July 16, 2009

West Nile Virus active again in Miss.
- This summer’s first case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Harrison County.
But state health officials warn the mosquito-borne virus is present throughout the state.
To reduce the risk of contracting the disease, the state health department suggests people remove sources of standing water, avoid mosquito-prone areas, especially between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active; wear protective clothing – such as long-sleeved shirts and pants – when in mosquito-prone areas; and apply a DEET-based mosquito repellent according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Symptoms of West Nile 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.
For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, a checklist to reduce the mosquito population in and around homes and more information on the disease, visit the health department Web site at www.HealthyMS.com/westnile or call the toll-free hotline from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (877) 978-6453.
Water ski clinic set for Aug. 12
- North Mississippi Medical Center Rehabilitation Services will sponsor a free Adaptive Water Ski Clinic on Wednesday, Aug. 12, in Tupelo for individuals who are at least one year post-spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury, or who have other physical limitations.
Participation is limited, and registration is required. To register or for more information, call occupational therapist Judy Crump, NMMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, at (662) 377-7223 or (800) 843-3375.
Sisters Network to host annual lunch
- Tickets are now on sale for the third annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon.
The event will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 29 at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo.
The guest speaker will be the Rev. Clementine Mays. It is hosted by the Tupelo chapter of Sisters Network, a national breast cancer support organization for African-American women.
To purchase tickets please call 662-842-3440 or e-mail sistersn@yahoo.com
Tickets are $25 each; groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $20 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (662) 842-3440 or e-mail sistersn@yahoo.com.
Alzheimer’s event set for Tuesday
- An Alzheimer’s Disease education event will be Tuesday at Golden Living Center in Tupelo.
Speakers at the free 6:30 p.m. event include Tupelo Gerontologist Dr. Lee Greer; Mary Nell Dorris, the director of the Alzheimer’s Mississippi Association; and educator Cherri Wilbanks.
For more information, contact Shelli Wood at 842-2451.

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