Two more people in Mississippi have the West Nile Virus. That was confirmed Monday by the Mississippi State Department of Health.
The two newest cases were reported in Hinds and Rankin counties. Previously there have been nine cases reported this year in our state. None of those have been in South Mississippi.
The first person to die from West Nile this year happened in Yazoo County in the first part of August. Last year five people in our state died from West Nile and 45 people had the illness. The State Health Department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases.
To protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses the health department recommends using mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors. The experts also recommend that you remove all standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding, wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover your arms and legs when outside and avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.