MSDH reports 1 death from West Nile Virus in Mississippi

(WJTV) – The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting one death from West Nile Virus in Mississippi. The resident lived in Attala County.

This is the first human death from WNV in 2015 in Mississippi

Four new human cases have also been reported in Montgomery, Rankin (2), and Simpson counties, bringing the total for 2015 to 18 cases.

So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Attala, Covington, Forrest (2), Hinds (3), Madison (2), Montgomery, Rankin (5) and Simpson (2) counties.

The MSDH suggests the following precautions to protect yourself and your environment from mosquito-borne illnesses:

  • Use a recommended mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors.
  • Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.
  • Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

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