Harrison County has its first case this year of a person diagnosed with the West Nile Virus. That's according to the State Health Department that reported five new cases in our state as of Monday.
There are now 24 cases of the mosquito-borne illness in our state and three people have died. The deaths occurred in Forrest, Madison and Yazoo counties. The other counties reporting the illness since 2014 began are: Adams, Bolivar, Covington, Hinds, Lauderdale, Newton, Rankin and Wilkinson.
In 2013, Mississippi had 45 West Nile cases and five deaths.
The State Department of Health said to protect yourself from West Nile you should use a mosquito repellant that contains DEET and remove all standing water around your home and yard.