Two New Cases of West Nile Virus in Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new human cases of West Nile virus for this year.

That brings the state total to nine for 2019.

These latest cases were found in Jones and Jefferson counties.

According to state medical experts, this is a busy time of year for West Nile, with the virus most active in our state between the months of July and September.

The Mississippi Department of Health suggests a few precautions to protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne illnesses:

Use a mosquito repellant with an EPA registered ingredient such as DEET.

Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent breeding.

Wear loose, long clothing that covers the arms and legs when outdoors.

And, of course, avoid mosquito-ridden areas.

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