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Public Health Report for March 6, 2019: Stroke prevention, Nutrition month, Reportable disease statistics for January 2019, and more

WIC Comes to Your Smartphone

The Mississippi State Department of Health’s newest mobile app provides mothers in the Women, Infants and Children’s Nutritional Program (WIC) with an easy way to locate WIC services near them, along with healthy eating guidelines and a library of helpful recipes for foods used in the program. Women who are not enrolled in WIC can use the app to find out whether they’re eligible for WIC benefits, and use the recipes and nutrition information in the app to plan their own meals. It’s a free download from your phone’s app store.

AfterFive Weeks of Increase, Flu-Like Illness Rates Finally Ease

As of February 23rd, Mississippi’s rate of flu-like illness reported by healthcare providers around the state fell for the first time in over a month. The state remains in peak flu season, however, and can expect elevated rates of flu-like illness for several more weeks.

Nationally, flu remains widespread over much of the U.S. Fifteen new pediatric flu deaths since the previous week were reported to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the highest weekly totals this season. Fifty-six children under the age of 18 have died from flu this season, including the death of one Mississippi child from flu reported in December.

National Nutrition Month in Mississippi

Governor Phil Bryant has declared March National Nutrition Month© in Mississippi. It’s a reminder of just how powerfully the food we eat affects our health. When you choose the right foods every day, you can:

  • Dramatically reduce your heart disease risk (the leading cause of death in Mississippians).
  • Lower your risk of major cancer types, especially colon cancer.
  • Reduce your risk of most chronic diseases such as diabetes, especially when you also stay physically active.

Choosing the right foods and keeping a healthy weight is no mystery. You can find suggestions for eating plans and steps to weight control on our website. This is the month to start!

Reportable Disease Statistics for January 2019

Year-to-date cases reported to MSDH for major reportable diseases in the state.

View the complete January statistics »

Disease: total so far this year (total this time last year)

  • Primary & Secondary Syphilis: 14 (26)
  • Early Latent Syphilis: 39 (58)
  • Gonorrhea: 1,057 (859)
  • Chlamydia: 2,237 (1,849)
  • HIV Disease: 50 (59)
  • Pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB): 0 (3)
  • Extrapulmonary TB: 0 (0)
  • Mycobacteria Other Than TB: 29 (21)
  • Diphtheria: 0 (0)
  • Pertussis: 5 (6)
  • Tetanus: 0 (0)
  • Poliomyelitis: 0 (0)
  • Measles: 0 (0)
  • Mumps: 2 (0)
  • Hepatitis B (acute): 5 (1)
  • Invasive H. influenzae disease: 6 (11)
  • Invasive Meningococcal disease: 0 (0)
  • Hepatitis A (acute): 2 (3)
  • Salmonellosis : 30 (21)
  • Shigellosis : 23 (16)
  • Campylobacteriosis: 38 (35)
  • E. coli O157:H7/STEC/HUS: 5 (1)
  • Animal Rabies (bats): 0 (0)
  • Lyme disease: 0 (0)
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever: 1 (1)
  • West Nile virus: 0 (0)


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