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First West Nile Virus Death of 2015 Reported in Ms

JACKSON, Miss. – An Attala County resident has died from West Nile Virus. It’s the first death due to WNV in 2015.

Along with one death, four new human cases have been reported in Montgomery, Rankin (2), and Simpson counties, bringing the total for 2015 to 18 cases.

So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Attala, Covington, Forrest (2), Hinds (3), Madison (2), Montgomery, Rankin (5) and Simpson (2) counties.

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

1. Use a recommended mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors.
2. Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
3. Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.
4. Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

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