Mosquito-Borne illness infects two more Mississippians

Mosquito-Borne illness infects two more Mississippians

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Two more people in our state have been infected with the West Nile Virus. That's according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. The latest cases occurred in Hinds and Rankin Counties.

There are now 37 confirmed cases of the West Nile Virus in Mississippi, including one death in Attala County. The other counties reporting the illness since 2015 began are: Adams, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, Lauderdale, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Simpson, Washington and Yazoo counties.

The State Department of Health said to protect yourself from West Nile you should use a mosquito repellent that contains DEET and remove all standing water around your home and yard.

In 2014, Mississippi had 43 West Nile cases and seven deaths.

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