(MS DEPT. OF HEALTH RELEASE) - West Nile virus (WNV) infections continue in Mississippi, with new human cases raising the total for this year to 47, exceeding the 2016 total of 43. Two WNV-related deaths have also occurred in 2017. Peak season for West Nile infections will last through September, but the risk of mosquito-borne infections continues year-round. Mosquito protection will remain important through September and beyond.
While most people will experience mild or no symptoms from West Nile virus infection, WNV can cause flu-like symptoms, severe illness or death. Mosquito protection is especially important to prevent West Nile virus as well as other serious mosquito-borne diseases.
Stay protected from all mosquito-borne diseases by:
Wearing long, light-colored clothing to cover the arms and legs.
Using a mosquito repellent with an EPA-approved ingredient whenever you are outdoors, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are more active.
Repairing window screens in your home, and eliminating any standing water around your house and yard. Even small amounts of water standing in flowerpots can breed mosquitoes.