Ten new human cases of West Nile Virus have been discovered in Mississippi. That brings the states total number to 24.
The Mississippi state department of health reports one new case in Harrison County, two in Hinds, one in Lincoln, three in Madison, one in Neshoba and two in Rankin county.
State health officer Doctor Ed Thompson says a large number of lab tests were ran this week, which accounts for the sudden rise in reports. As we enter peak mosquito season, Thompson urges everyone take extra precautions.
"Those new cases just remind us that this is where we expect to see case numbers climb and they will climb. The most intense transition period for west nile virus that's August and September. This is the time we are going to see the most large number of cases," says Thompson.
For more information on how to stay safe during peak mosquito season, you can go to the department of health website at healthyms.com and click on fight the bite.