West Nile cases rise to 58 for the year

Three new human cases of West Nile Virus were reported by the Mississippi State Department of Health on Monday, bringing the state total to 58 for 2017. The new cases were in Hinds, Rankin, and Sunflower counties. So far this year, cases have been reported in Bolivar, Calhoun (2), Clarke, Clay, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest (5), Hinds (13), Humphreys (2), Jones, Lauderdale, Leake, Lee (3), Leflore, Lincoln (2), Lowndes (2), Madison (4), Monroe (2), Noxubee, Perry, Rankin (7), Scott (2), Sunflower, Wilkinson, and Yazoo counties. Two deaths have been reported, in Forrest and Humphreys counties. In 2016, Mississippi had 43 West Nile Virus cases and two deaths.

UMMC receives $2.6 million telehealth grant

WASHINGTON D.C. — The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has recognized the University of Mississippi Medical Center as a Telehealth Center of Excellence on Thursday. In addition to prestige the award carries with it a potential $2.6 million in funding, paid out over the next two years. “The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s successful program is already a model for national telehealth expansion,” said U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. “As a Center of Excellence, UMMC will be able to demonstrate to a broader audience how to use telehealth to increase patient access to care and decrease costs. “Mississippians can be proud that our state’s telehealth investments have set a high standard for improving health care everywhere.”

The designation allows UMMC’s Center for Telehealth to serve as a national clearinghouse for telehealth research and resources, including technical assistance to other telehealth providers.

West Nile Virus cases increase to 54

Two new human cases of West Nile Virus were reported by the Mississippi State Department of Health on Monday, bringing the state total to 54 this year. The new cases were in Forrest, Scott and Hinds counties. So far this year, cases have been reported in Bolivar, Calhoun (2), Clarke, Clay, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest (5), Hinds (12), Humphreys (2), Jones, Lauderdale, Leake, Lee (3), Leflore, Lincoln (2), Lowndes (2), Madison (4), Monroe, Noxubee, Perry, Rankin (6), Scott (2), Wilkinson, and Yazoo counties. Two deaths have been reported in Forrest and Humphreys counties. In 2016, Mississippi had 43 West Nile Virus cases and two deaths.