JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The West Nile Virus has killed an Attala County resident. That's according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. It's the first WNV death the health department has reported in our state since the beginning of the year.
In addition health officials said four more people have come down with the mosquito-borne illness. Those new cases were reported in in Montgomery, Rankin, and Simpson counties.
There are now 18 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Mississippi. The other counties reporting the illness since 2015 began are: in Adams, Covington, Forrest, Hinds, and Madison counties.
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.
In 2014, Mississippi had 43 West Nile cases and seven deaths.