Two new cases of West Nile Virus in Mississippi
The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming two more cases of West Nile Virus, bringing the year’s total to 23.
The new cases are in Calhoun and Hinds counties. Hinds has reported nine total cases. Mississippi reported 63 West Nile cases and two deaths in 2017.
The mosquito-borne infections generally occur from July to December. Health officials urge people to reduce risk by using insect repellent, wearing long, light colored clothing, and eliminating standing water around their homes.
Most infected people don’t get symptoms. About three in 10 develop flu-like illness and less than one percent development dangerous brain or nervous system infections.