4 new cases of West Nile Virus reported in Mississippi

(WJTV) — The Mississippi State Department of Health reports four new human cases of West Nile virus.

The reported cases are in Adams, Carroll, George and Jefferson Davis counties.

This brings the state’s total to 36 for 2016.

So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams (2), Attala, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Copiah (3), Forrest, Hinds (7), George, Grenada, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lamar (3), Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Marion (3), Perry, Rankin (3) and Sunflower counties.

There has been one WNV death reported in a Hinds County resident.

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

The MSDH suggests the following 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.

Get more information on MSDH’s website.


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