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12 October 2017, 03:54 | Randall Craig
Residents and business owners are reminded to practice mosquito safety methods as health officials report an increase in the number of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus this year.
The new cases are in Hinds, Rankin, and Sunflower counties.
The city of Frisco has confirmed 18 mosquito pools that have tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year. Although, no human cases have been reported to the Public Health Department this year.
The horse contracted the virus in an area that had previously been subject to aerial spraying for mosquitoes, health officials said.
West Nile is a virus most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms. About one in five people who become infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.
Health officials are urging residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes by avoiding outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active - at dusk and dawn. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV.
When outdoors, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts and use mosquito repellents. It's evidence that the spraying, while effective, does not eliminate the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses, they said.
· Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes.
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