Mississippi’s first West Nile virus case was reported early

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JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi’s first case of West Nile virus in 2022 was reported in a Hinds County resident, state health officials said.

The Mississippi State Department of Health announced the case Friday, The Clarion Ledger reported. Typically, the West Nile virus season occurs from July to October, but mosquitoes can transmit the virus at any time of the year.

The virus can cause flu-like symptoms in people bitten by infected mosquitoes, health experts said. It can become more serious and lead to meningitis or encephalitis.

State health officials said residents should avoid mosquito bites by using a recommended mosquito repellent, those with up to 30% DEET; Cover your arms and legs with long sleeves and pants while you’re outside, and remove standing water around your home where mosquitoes can breed.

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