JACKSON, MISS– The Mississippi Department of Health has confirmed four new cases of West Nile Virus.
The new diagnoses were confirmed by MDH Tuesday.
Two new cases were confirmed for Hinds county, one for Lee county, and one for Marion county.
Hinds county has seen six cases, Copiah and Lamar counties have had two diagnoses each, while Calhoun, Chickasaw, Grenada, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Marion, Perry and Rankin counties have all had one patient each to be confirmed to have the mosquito-borne illness.
One WNV death was confirmed this year in Hinds county.
In 2015, Mississippi had 38 WNV cases and one death.
Two new travel-related cases of Zika Virus have also been confirmed. One person diagnosed is from Lafayette county, the other is from Prentiss county.
MDH recommended eliminating standing water around the home, avoiding mosquito-heavy areas, and wearing long pants and sleeves outdoors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.