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New cases of West Nile virus

The Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed new human cases of West Nile virus.

The recent cases are in Hinds and Rankin counties.

There have been seven total West Nile virus cases reported in the following counties this year: Adams, Hinds, Newton, Rankin, Yazoo and Wilkinson.

The first human death from West Nile virus was reported last week in Yazoo County.

According to a press release from the Mississippi Department of Health, laboratory-confirmed cases are reported to the public.

The Mississippi Department of Health’s release suggests the following precautions to guard against mosquito-borne illnesses:

  • Use a recommended mosquito repellant that contains DEET while outdoors.
  • Remove all sources of standing water around the 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.
  • Travelers to the Caribbean should take precautions against mosquito exposure. Visit www.healthyms.com/chik for more information.

In 2013, Mississippi had 45 West Nile virus cases and five deaths, according to the Mississippi Department of Health’s press release.

For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the Mississippi Department of Health’s website at www.healthyms.com.

Follow the Mississippi Department of Health by e-mail and social media at www.healthyms.com/connect.