Heath Officials Confirm One New West Nile Virus Case - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

The West Nile virus continues to spread in Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed one new human case of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the state total to 25 cases so far in 2014.

The new case was reported in Hinds County.

So far this year, human WNV cases have been reported in the following counties: Adams (2), Bolivar (1), Covington (1), Forrest (4), Harrison (1), Hinds (7), Lauderdale (1), Madison (1), Newton (1), Rankin (4), Yazoo (1), and Wilkinson (1).

Three WNV deaths have occurred, in Forrest, Madison, and Yazoo counties.

The health department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

In 2013, Mississippi had 45 WNV cases and five deaths.

The Mississippi State Department of Health suggests the following precautions to protect yourself and your environment from mosquito-borne illnesses:   

  • Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Use a recommended mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors.
  • Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.
  • Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.
  • Travelers to the Caribbean should take precautions against mosquito exposure. 

For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit www.HealthyMS.com.

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