Three more people in our state have gotten the West Nile Virus. That's according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. Since the start of the year, five people have died in our state from the mosquito-borne illness.
All total 40 people have been diagnosed with West Nile. The latest cases reported were in Lowndes, Neshoba and Rankin counties. The other counties reporting the illness since 2014 began are: Adams, Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Clarke, Covington, Forrest, Harrison, Hinds, Jones, Lauderdale, Lee, Madison, Monroe, Newton, Yazoo, Washington 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.