JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming two new human cases of West Nile virus.
The new cases are in Hinds and Rankin counties. The totals for this year are now up to 37 cases.
Cases have been reported in Adams, Attala, Copiah, Covington, Forrest (2), Hinds (10), Lauderdale, Madison (5), Marion, Montgomery, Rankin (8), Simpson (2), Washington and Yazoo (2) counties. One death has been reported in Attala County.
MSDH has released these tips to help protect yourself 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.