Three people have now died in Mississippi from the West Nile virus. In addition three more people have been diagnosed with the mosquito borne illness.
The latest death happened in Forrest County. The new West Nile cases were in Hinds and Lauderdale County.
All total there are now 18 people who have been infected with the virus. Those cases span several Mississippi counties. Those counties are Adams, Bolivar, Covington, Forrest, Hinds, Lauderdale, Madison, Newton, Rankin, Yazoo and Wilkinson.
The State Department of Health said to protect yourself from West Nile you should use a mosquito repellant that contains DEET, remove all standing water around your home and yard and when you are outside wear loose, light colored clothing that covers your arms and legs.