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Human West Nile Case in Mississippi and Texas

— Four people have been diagnosed with West Nile virus, said officials from Dallas County Health and Human Services on Tuesday. They live in the zip codes of 75215, 75210, 75219, and 75217. The total number of people infected in the county in 2007 is six.

Further spraying for mosquitoes was scheduled for Tuesday night in the Balch Springs area, north of Seagoville Road, south of Lake June Road, east of Cheyenne and west of Interstate 635; and Wednesday in the Cedar Hill area, north of Westar, south of Armadillo Court, east of Lakeview Drive and west of the 1300 block of Belt Line Road. Residents are encouraged to stay inside.

JACKSON, Miss. — A human case of the West Nile virus has been reported in Forrest County, the third case of the mosquito-borne disease reported by state health officials this year.

The Mississippi State Health Department said earlier cases were reported in Lincoln and Madison counties.

MSDH conducts statewide mosquito testing with its most intensive surveillance during peak mosquito reproduction time — usually July, August and September.

Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

Infection can cause encephalitis or meningitis in a small number of people. Those illnesses can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.

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