Mosquito-Borne Viruses Confirmed in Tennessee

Faith Castro
September 11, 2017

The Mississippi State Department of Health said there are two new human cases of West Nile virus in the state of Mississippi.

The county announced Friday that a pool of mosquitoes collected recently tested positive for West Nile Virus. Though the tests had not been confirmed, Brunswick County "released the information to residents that same day", out of "an abundance of caution", according to a release.

The new cases were in Lee and Desoto counties. Individuals can eliminate potential breeding sites if they tip and toss standing water and drain and cover objects near homes or businesses that may contain or collect water.

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To avoid mosquito bites, health officials suggest wearing light-colored clothing with long sleeves and trousers, checking window and door screens for tears or gaps that allow mosquitoes to get inside, and wearing mosquito repellent when outside.

If you are a horse owner, consult your veterinarian regarding proper protective vaccines for your horses and change the water in water troughs at least twice a week to discourage mosquito breeding.

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