New Case of West Nile Virus, One New Case of Chikungunya Virus in MS

Published 07/28 2014 03:29PM

Updated 07/28 2014 03:32PM

Rankin County -- The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new human case of West Nile virus and a new case of chikungunya virus.

The reported WNV case is in Rankin County.

So far this year, WNV cases have been reported in Hinds (1), Newton (1), and Rankin (1) counties. In 2013, Mississippi had 45 WNV cases and five deaths.

The MSDH is also reporting a new case of chikungunya virus in a Mississippi resident.

The case occurred in a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic.

This is the fifth chikungunya case reported in a Mississippi resident. The four cases previously reported occurred in travelers to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

The MSDH suggests the following precautions to protect yourself and your environment from mosquito-borne illnesses:

•Use a recommended mosquito repellent that contains 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. Mosquitoes that carry chikungunya virus are especially active during the day, while the mosquitoes that carry WNV are active from dusk until dawn.

•Travelers to the Caribbean should take precautions against mosquito exposure. Please see for more information.

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