Local, State Agencies Fighting the Bite

Much of the U.S. is under watch for cases of the deadly West Nile virus. Mississippi reported its second death of the year from WNV Thursday.

With the first human case reported this year in Lauderdale County, Meridian officials are taking precautions by increasing the number of times neighborhoods are sprayed.

"We're doing it every night right now," said chief administrative officer Tim Miller. "We've kind of increased that and what we're doing is trying to put out larvicide in some standing water areas to try to actually kill the larva before it actually hatches."

Miller says the truck often sprays in neighborhoods during the late afternoon hours because that's when more personnel are available, and more mosquitoes are present. He says the city will likely continue the increased spraying for at least another month.

A door hanger showing the educational message 'Fight the Bite!' is being made available to elected officials by the Mississippi State Department of Health, for distribution to the public.

The signs are also being made available to church and civic groups.

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