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West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

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    Posted: July 31 2018 at 3:59pm

West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

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, light-colored clothing.
  • Avoid mosquito-prone areas in the mornings and evenings, when activity is highest.
  • Remove sources of standing water around your home where mosquitoes can breed.

More About Staying Protected

Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases

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

Information and Fact Sheets

Dead Birds: MSDH is no longer requesting that the public report or submit dead birds. Statewide mosquito surveillance has proven to be a more effective predictor of West Nile virus circulating in the community.

2018 Statistics


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


Counties affected

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
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