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Two new cases of West Nile confirmed in Mississippi

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That mosquito bite may do a lot more than drive you crazy because it itches. The bite can transmit diseases to make you very ill and possibly even kill you.

The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed two additional cases of West Nile virus in the state this year, bringing the total confirmed cases to five in 2019.

The two cases were reported in Forrest and Lamar counties. The three other confirmed cases this year were in Copiah, Hinds and Smith counties. To date, no deaths from West Nile have occurred in Mississippi this year. The last deaths occurred in 2017 when two people died. In 2014, seven died.

Symptoms of West Nile virus are flu-like, and include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes, according to medicinenet.com. Severe symptoms may include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions and paralysis.

The department says that the risk of a healthy person getting West Nile virus from a mosquito bite is very low, however all people still should protect themselves. West Nile virus is transmitted primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito; although, there have been isolated cases occurring in blood transfusion and organ donation recipients, from mother to baby during pregnancy and through breast milk. People cannot become infected through ordinary contact with an infected bird, horse or human.

For more information on mosquito borne illnesses, including West Nile, please visit the MSDH website.  You’ll also find a wealth of information on how to protect yourself from these nasty little critters.

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Be On The Lookout for a Gray Impala with a Pizza Hut sign on top

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Vicksburg Police stopped a gray Impala with a Pizza Hut sign on top for a traffic violation.

 

The officer returned to his vehicle to write the citation and do an information check on the driver. When the officer began to return to the gray Impala the driver sped away.

The officer gave a brief chase but the car was too far gone. Police are at the Pizza Hut to gather information on the driver. There is no word at this time on why the driver might have fled from police. More on this story as the information comes available.

BOLO – Be On The Lookout for a gray Impala with a Pizza Hut sign on top.

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Shell casings found at Robert Walker Building

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The fight that led to shots fired at The Event Place last night also led to a conundrum; no one could  find the shell casings.

 

That all changed just a few minutes ago when a couple of Valley residents found them.

There were varying reports from eyewitness of the origin of the gunfire. Some thought they came from Washington Street and others said from Walnut Street. It turns out the shots were fired from the corner of South and Walnut street right next to the Robert Walker building.

The red marker shows the location where the shells casings were found. The Event Place is under the blue marker for Michel’s Record Shop.

Recovered were 4 nine millimeter rounds and one 40 cal round.

Here is a video from the scene:

 

 

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Amtrak resumes full Chicago-to-New Orleans service after flooding

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Amtrak’s City of New Orleans is back on its full route between Chicago and Louisiana.

Since May, the train trip ended in Jackson for travelers headed south, another victim of this year’s Mississippi River flooding. The route south of Jackson has been closed because the Louisiana tracks were in danger, reports WJTV.

“They have to open the Bonnet Carré Spillway at a certain point in flooding,” Knox Ross of the Southern Rails Commission told WJTV. “And when they do that it becomes dangerous for passenger trains to get into New Orleans.”

Not only was the closure an inconvenience for passengers forced to find alternatives to the popular train route, it cost Amtrak money.

“If they’re going to ride a bus, they’re just not going to buy a ticket, so all of that is at Amtrak expense,” Ross continued. “So when the Bonnet Carré Spillway opens they can’t run the trains. They have to be serviced here in Jackson or Memphis and Amtrak has to pay for the buses.”

“It’s the convenience, it’s the comfort and the fast time that it takes so it’s … better than the bus,” a passenger said.

The City of New Orleans makes the trip every day from Chicago to New Orleans, making seven stops in Mississippi, and then returns. It’s roughly 19 hours one way for the full trip.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to Amtrak.com.

 

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