There are now 25 cases of the West Nile Virus in Mississippi. That's according to the Mississippi State Health Department. The latest confirmed case was in Hinds County.
Since the beginning of the year, three people have died from the mosquito-borne illness. The deaths occurred in Forrest, Madison and Yazoo counties.
The only West Nile case thus far in South Mississippi was reported on September 8th in Harrison County. 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.