Mississippi's 1st 2011 West Nile case confirmed

JACKSON — The Mississippi Health Department says the state’s first human case of West Nile virus of 2011 has been confirmed in Tallahatchie County.

Health officials say Tuesday there were eight confirmed cases last year. That’s down from the previous year, but that’s not an indication of a trend.

Symptoms of West Nile virus 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.

The Associated Press