MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Third West Nile virus-related death confirmed in Mississippi

Health officials from Mississippi confirmed last week the death of the third person in the state from West Nile virus.

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, the resident was from Forrest County. Two new cases were also confirmed in Hinds County, along with another case in Lauderdale County.

A total of 18 human cases of the virus have been reported across the state in 11 counties, including Adams, Bolivar, Covington, Madison, Newton, Rankin, Yazoo and Wilkinson counties.

The mosquito-borne virus can cause illness in some people, but according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 70-80 percent of people who become infected do not develop symptoms, which include headache, join pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

Officials advised residents to wear mosquito repellent with DEET to protect against transmission of the virus and to remove all sources of standing water to prevent mosquito breeding.