Mississippi gets funds for anti-obesity program

The Mississippi State Department of Health will receive $8.5 million over the next five years to help combat obesity and chronic disease across the state.

State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier said in a news release that the funds come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Currier says the money will support a comprehensive, statewide approach to promoting health and controlling and preventing chronic diseases and their risk factors. […]


State’s first West Nile Virus death reported in Montgomery County

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first West Nile virus death for 2013, along with two new human cases. The death was in Montgomery County – in Duck Hill – and the new reported cases are in Forrest and Wayne counties.

Tuesday’s report brings the state total for 2013 to six cases, including one death. This time last year there were no reported deaths from WNV in Mississippi.
So far this year, cases have been reported in Madison, Forrest (2), Wayne, Lowndes and Montgomery counties. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. […]


West Nile Virus rises to 14 new cases

From The Mississippi Link Newswire JACKSON – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports 14 new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2012. The reported cases are in Adams, Calhoun, Clarke (2), […]