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New human cases of West Nile virus infection continue to be confirmed by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory, with the total for the year rising to 29 over the past week.
West Nile virus (WNV) is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes, which have been detected in counties across the state. Mosquito protection is important to avoid possible severe illness, especially if you are over 50. Most cases of WNV infection cause no symptoms, or only mild illness. In a few cases, however, illness can be severe, with long-lasting neurological effects. Last year two Mississippians died from WNV infection.
While all Mississippians should take precautions against mosquitoes, Jackson residents are being especially encouraged to be aware of the risk of West Nile virus, since a large number of infected mosquitoes have been found in the metro area.
For information on home and personal protection against mosquitoes, and more information about West Nile virus, visit our website at HealthyMS.com/westnile.