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4 new West Nile and 2 new Zika cases in Mississippi

Courtesy of CBS News

Courtesy of CBS News

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi State Department of Health confirms four new human cases of West Nile Virus and two new travel-related cases of Zika.

Two cases of West Nile were confirmed in Hinds County and two in Marion County.

That’s a total of 20 cases in Mississippi in 2016.

The two Zika cases were from a person who went to Granada and a person who went to Honduras.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that has recently spread throughout about 30 countries, mostly in the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Mosquitos that can carry Zika have not been found in Mississippi for the past few decades, but the MSDH is currently watching mosquito populations in the state.

There are also cases of Zika that were contracted around Miami.

Mosquitos that can carry Zika have not been found in Mississippi for the past few decades, but the MSDH is currently watching mosquito populations in the state.

Death from Zika is very rare, and most who get the virus have mild or no symptoms, but it can cause serious birth defects if pregnant women contract it. As such, pregnant women or women who may get pregnant in the near future should avoid traveling to countries with Zika transmission and should avoid or use protection during sex with someone who has recently returned from a country with Zika.