MADISON COUNTY, Miss. – A second Mississippian has died from the West Nile virus this year. According to the State Department of Health, the infected person lived in Madison County.
This year 15 people have been infected by the mosquito spread disease, which includes six new cases reported in Adams, Bolivar, Covington, Forrest, and Rankin Counties.
“We usually see the bulk of our West Nile cases in August, and peak season in Mississippi runs through September,” said Dr. Thomas Dobbs, MSDH State Epidemiologist. “Sadly, it’s a reminder to all Mississippians to remain vigilant about protecting themselves and their environments from all mosquito-borne illnesses.”
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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