Mosquito Transmitted Virus Hits The South

Health officials say a deadly virus transmitted by mosquitoes is making its way from the east coast to the South.

Mississippi has no cases of West Nile virus, a virus with flu-like symptoms that mostly affects the elderly and children under age five. Georgia and Florida have confirmed cases. Alabama and Louisiana have issued warnings about the virus.

Although no cases have been reported in our state, health officials say you need to protect yourself against mosquitoes. "It's just smart for everybody from dawn to dusk to make sure they've got mosquito repellent and they clean up cans around them and mow their lawns and basically try to avoid getting bit, said Dr. Bob Travnicek with the State Health Department.

Travnicek says the virus first appeared in New York two years ago. It is spread to humans and other mammals by mosquitoes that bite infected birds.