Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

3 new cases of West Nile virus reported in Mississippi

3 new cases of West Nile virus reported in Mississippi

In North America, cases of West Nile virus (WNV) occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall. Although, no human cases have been reported to the Public Health Department this year.

Pinellas County Mosquito Control has confirmed a positive test result for West Nile Virus in a sentinel chicken today (Oct. 11) in the Cross Bayou area of St. Petersburg.

The new cases are in Hinds, Rankin, and Sunflower counties. Collin County health officials have also confirmed one human case of the virus in Frisco.

Through weekly tests, Mosquito Control can predict when and where West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes are located.

"This time of the year, the risk of West Nile virus infection increases and individuals should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites", said ODH State Epidemiologist and Bureau Chief of Infectious Diseases Sietske de Fijter. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. "Mosquito season in OH lasts until the first freeze which is not usually until mid-October".

· Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent and follow the label directions.

Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.

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