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HATTIESBURG, MS, April 13, 2020 – This week, April 13-19, is Mississippi Mosquito and West Nile Awareness Week. Made possible by Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and James Hendry, founder of the non-profit W.E.E.P. and Recover, Mississippi Mosquito and West Nile Awareness Week is a public campaign created to educate people about the danger of mosquitoes and West Nile Virus as well as mosquito eradication and virus prevention measures.

W.E.E.P. and Recover, which stands for West Nile Education, Eradication, and Prevention (and Recover), is a non-profit designed to create awareness around the dangers of mosquitoes and West Nile Virus. James Hendry founded W.E.E.P. after he lost his son, Phillip Hendry, to the deadly virus. “We want Mississippians to know about the deadly predators in their own backyards,” Hendry said. “My son Phillip passed away because he wasn’t tested for the West Nile virus. We want to educate people about the signs and symptoms of West Nile. If they experience these signs and symptoms, people should ask their healthcare providers to be tested for the virus. We do not want to lose any more precious lives to this disease.”

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