TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - With summer right around the corner, more mosquitoes are starting to come out.
Officials with the Mississippi State Department of Health say the West Nile Virus can be contracted any time of year.
But typically, in the summer months are when we see most cases.
"They're most common between June and August," said Dr. Crystal Tate. "We actually had our first case in June last year."
Tate says West Nile Virus cases fluctuate from year to year, some years Mississippi had almost 200.
"Last year we only had 63," added Tate.
So far, in 2018 no new cases have been reported.
"If you're going to have symptoms they typically appear between 3-14 days after you've been bitten by a mosquito," said Tate.
The Mississippi Department of Health has a list of tips for preventing mosquito bites and controlling their population.
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