Peak WNV Season: July-September
Three new human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Mississippi, and one of them occurred in Itawmaba County.
The other two were in Hinds County.
In total this year there have been seven human cases of West Nile virus, according to the department of health.
Mississippi had 63 WNV cases and two deaths last year.
Peak WNV season is July through September, State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said.
Most people recover without any long-term problems, but some develop a more severe infection that can lead to complications and even death – especially those over 50 years of age, he said.
Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.
- Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while you are outdoors.
- Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
- Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.
- Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.