By NEMS Daily Journal
A case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Monroe County.
It was one of three new cases of the mosquito-borne illness reported today by the Mississippi State Department of Health. The state’s totals for 2012 now stand at 42 human cases with one death.
Last week, the first Northeast Mississippi case of the year was confirmed in Calhoun County.
State health officials say 2012 is shaping up to be an active year; 2011 saw 52 confirmed cases. August and September traditionally the most active months.
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.
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