JACKSON, Miss. – A resident of Hind County is the latest in Mississippi to be diagnosed with the West Nile Virus. The Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) confirmed the new case Monday, and said that brings the state’s total number of human cases this year to 44 and five deaths.
Other persons infected with West Nile have been reported in the following counties: Adams (3), Bolivar (1), Calhoun (1), Carroll (1), Coahoma (1), Clarke (1), Covington (1), Forrest (6), Harrison (1), Hinds (11), Jones (1), Lauderdale (1), Lee (1), Lowndes (1), Madison (2), Monroe (1), Neshoba (1), Newton (1), Rankin (5), Yazoo (1), Washington (1), and Wilkinson (1). Five WNV deaths have occurred, in Coahoma, Forrest, Lee, Madison, and Yazoo.
Last year, Mississippi had 45 cases of the mosquito transmitted disease and five deaths.
The MSDH suggests the following precautions to protect yourself and your environment from mosquito-borne illnesses:
· Use a recommended mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors.
· Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
· Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.
· Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.
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