Flu hitting hard in state
JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has received several reports from clinical partners throughout the state of serious complications from flu in younger adults, including deaths.
“The only type of flu identified in Mississippi so far this year is the 2009 influenza A H1N1 strain, which has in past years primarily affected those under 65 years of age,” said Dr. Thomas Dobbs, MSDH State Epidemiologist. “This year, we’ve received reports of serious complications and some deaths associated with influenza infection in those under 65. During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, 80 percent of the deaths were in people younger than 65, unlike a typical flu season in which the majority of deaths occur in those 65 and older.”
Faces of 2013
Church sustains damage in recent storms
Strangers Rest Baptist Church and several homes on Flea Harbor Rd. sustained major damage in storms that passed through the Mid-South Saturday night.
County Board to seek stop gap loan
Supervisors came out of executive session at the end of a two-hour meeting on Dec. 19 and voted to seek a loan in anticipation of property tax collections.
Board president James Dunn announced that officials used the 45 minute closed session to “put plans in place to address issues and limit fallout as related to personnel,” based on the county’s current financial condition and gaming tax revenues that continue to decline. Dunn then recommended the tax anticipation loan.
Rural county fire protection due to expire
County supervisors failed to renew a contract with the town of Tunica for fire protection for 80 percent of the county last week, but with the current contract expiring December 31, 2013, the Board was expected to revisit the matter at a December19 special meeting.
At the December 12 payroll meeting, newly hired Board attorney Ellis Pittman said he had not seen the proposed new agreement. County administrator Michael Thompson, also newly hired, noted that the current Rural Fire Protection Agreement between the county and the town expires at the end of this month and that a new agreement is needed in order for the town to continue to provide fire protection services.
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