Three new West Nile Virus cases reported in Mississippi

Three new West Nile Virus cases reported in Mississippi

WASHINGTON COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Three new West Nile Virus cases were reported in Mississippi Monday.

This brings the state’s total number of cases for 2018 up to 40.

The recently reported cases are in Harrison and Washington counties.

So far this year human cases have been reported in Adams (2), Attala, Calhoun (2), Copiah, Forrest (2), Harrison (4), Hinds (15), Itawamba, Jones, Lauderdale, Madison (2), Marion, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, Rankin (2), Walthall and Washington (2) counties. In 2017, Mississippi had 63 WNV cases and two deaths.

“While peak West Nile season in Mississippi typically ends in September, we’re still seeing activity statewide, so it’s important for all Mississippians to take precautions, regardless of reports of human cases in specific counties,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.

The MSDH suggests the following precautions to protect yourself and your family 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 long, loose clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.

· Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

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