MSDH: Large number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus found in Hinds County

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The Mississippi State Department of Health said there is an unusually large number of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus in Hinds County.

MSDH officials have reported a total of four human cases of West Nile in the state for 2016. Those cases were reported in Hinds, Grenada, Lamar, and Rankin counties.

Health officials want residents to take precautions to avoid mosquitoes.

Below is a list of measures MSDH said Mississippians should follow:

  • Use an EPA-registered 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.

July, August, and September are the most active months for West Nile activity, according to MSDH.

Get more details about West Nile Virus on MSDH’s website.

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