Flooding creates new problem … mosquitoes

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Standing water is not a good situation that’s because it’s a prime territory for mosquitoes.

The sun is shining and the weather is fair here in the Jackson Metro, but that wasn’t the case last week and over the weekend.

Now, some may be concerned with what’s left behind … mosquitoes.

“The southern house mosquito breeds in small collections of standing water especially around the house.”

Paul Byers, the Deputy State Epidemiologist with the Mississippi Department of Health says mosquitoes are something people need to be aware of after wet weather.

Byers says mosquitoes like to be in the following places:

“Like a backed up gutter, a flower pot on your deck or patio that has water collected in it and a small ditch,” said Byers.

According to MSDH, there were a total of 38 cases of West Nile reported in Mississippi in 2015.

That’s why Byers says there are some steps people can take to protect themselves.

“Make sure you use mosquito repellent. Wear long pants, long-sleeve shirt and light colored,” said Byers.

Byers says, most people who become infected with West Nile don’t show any symptoms.

Others may show milder symptoms like headaches and fevers but if you feel like you have the West Nile virus he urges you to see your doctor.

As for the Zika virus, health officials say the type of mosquito that carries the virus typically will bite during the day.

So far, there have been no infections in Mississippi.

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