4 new cases of West Nile Virus in Mississippi

Aedes aegypti mosquito

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Mississippi State Department of Health reported four new cases of West Nile Virus.

The reported cases are in Adams, Attala, Copiah and Marion counties.

This brings the 2016 total to 30.

In 2015, Mississippi had 38 WNV cases and one death.

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

  • Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as 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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