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Miss. has new cases of mosquito-borne viruses

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA/AP) — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting new cases of the West Nile Virus and the chikungunya virus.

Health officials say this is the state's third human case of West Nile virus for the year.

The new reported case is in Rankin County. Earlier cases were reported in Newton and Hinds counties.

In 2013, Mississippi had 45 West Nile cases and five deaths.

Health officials also say in a news release the fifth human case of chikungunya in Mississippi occurred in a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic.

The four cases previously reported occurred in travelers to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Symptoms include fever, muscle and joint pain and joint swelling. Deaths are rare, but officials say anyone with a compromised immune system is at a higher risk of complications from the infection.

Officials say the virus recently appeared in the Caribbean, and could possibly infect Mississippians who travel there.

Health officials say individuals who think they might be infected with the virus should see their health care provider.





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