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West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

West Nile virus and other viral diseases carried by mosquitoes
 
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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.

Mosquito Protection

  • 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

Information and Fact Sheets

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.

2019 Statistics

13

Human Cases
(West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases)

9

Counties affected

WNV Deaths by Year

For Health Professionals

Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Five main types of viral disease in Mississippi are carried by mosquitoes, including Zika virus.

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Last reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

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