New West Nile & Chikungunya cases in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss. — There is one new case of West Nile Virus and one new case of Chikungunya in Mississippi.

The West Nile Virus case is located in Rankin County.

Other West Nile cases have been reported in Hinds, Newton and Rankin counties this year.

In 2013, there were 45 West Nile cases and five deaths.

The new Chikungunya case is a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic, the same origin as the last four cases.

The Mississippi Department of Health has not said in which county the Chikungunya case is located.

To protect yourself:

• Wear DEET-containing mosquito repellants according to label directions
• Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Check properties for objects – including old tires, flower pots and drip plates, tin cans, buckets, and children’s toys – that collect rainwater and either drain or dispose of the water
• Do not use perfume, cologne or other scented products while outdoors, as fragrances may attract mosquitoes
• Install or repair windows and door screens
• Empty, clean and refill birdbaths and small wading pools weekly
• Empty and refill pets’ water bowls every few days
• Repair failed septic systems
• Repair leaky outside faucets
• Clean rain gutters and down spouts
• Secure swimming pool covers tightly and remove any standing water after rainfall
• Store wheelbarrows, canoes and boats upside down
• Stock ornamental lawn ponds with fish (Gambusia) that eat mosquito larvae (Gambusia fish are available FREE from the Vector Control Program. Please call for availability 901-222-9715)