JACKSON, Miss.- The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has confirmed four new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV). That brings this years total to 26 across the state.
The cases were found in Forrest, Hinds, Jackson, and Lamar Counties.
So far this year cases have been reported in Calhoun, Chickasaw, Copiah, Forrest, Hinds, Grenada, Jackson, Lamar, Lee, Lefloure, Lincoln, Lowndes, Marion, Perry, and Rankin Counties.
Health officials want to remind residents to wear DEET bug spray while outdoors, remove all standing water from around the house, wear loose, light colored clothes on arms and legs, and avoid any areas with a high concentration of mosquitoes.
Symptoms of the virus can include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness, infection can also result in encephalitis or meningitis.
For more information on WNV, visit the MSDH’s website.