JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - A human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Itawamba County.
On Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health released information on the three new cases. The other two are in Hinds County.
This brings the 2018 state total to seven cases.
So far this year, human cases have been reported in Copiah, Hinds (4), Itawamba and Pearl River counties.
In 2017, Mississippi had 63 WNV cases and two deaths.
Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.
The MSDH suggests the following precautions to protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne illnesses:
- Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while you are outdoors.
- Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
- Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.
- Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.