Mosquito-borne illnesses in Mississippi include West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis, Chikungunya virus, and Eastern Equine encephalitis. These illnesses affect birds, animals and humans, causing flu-like symptoms in people who are bitten by infected mosquitoes. Occasionally, illness can be severe, leading to meningitis or encephalitis.
- Use a recommended mosquito repellent.
- Cover arms and legs with long sleeves and long skirts or pants.
- Avoid mosquito-prone areas in the mornings and evenings, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Remove sources of standing water around your home where mosquitoes can breed, and make sure window screens are in good condition.
More About Staying Protected
- Mosquito protection for people and homes
- Choosing a mosquito repellent
- Mosquito control (EPA)
- Complete protection guide for homeowners
- Mosquito breeding areas – Tip & Toss
- Combata el Mosquito En Su Casa y Su Vecindario
- More WNV information from the CDC
Information and Fact Sheets
- West Nile Virus: Information and Prevention PDF
- Mosquito-Borne Viral Diseases brochure PDF
- Insect Repellents and DEET Tips PDF
- Educational Materials
- More brochures and information
WNV Support Group
Persons diagnosed with West Nile virus illnesses are invited to attend meetings of the WNV Support Group. Support Group meetings are sponsored by the Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center.
(West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases)
WNV Deaths by Year
For Health Professionals
- Signs & Symptoms – Facts for Clinicians
- Mosquito biology and control: The mosquito vectors of West Nile
- Identification Guide to Adult Mosquitoes in Mississippi
- Setting up a mosquito control program
- More clinical information from the CDC
Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Five main types of viral disease in Mississippi are carried by mosquitoes, including Zika virus.