New West Nile Cases

By: Garrett Sheehan
By: Garrett Sheehan

Seven new cases of the West Nile virus have been confirmed Friday.

There are now a total of 41 cases in Mississippi, including one death in Hinds County.

Still, the best protection is to not get bitten by a mosquito.

There are some sprays and chemicals you can use to get rid of them.

"It is no short term cure," said Kenneth Butler of Butler's Pest Service. "Everything will be long term."

As of now, the only confirmed West Nile cases in east Mississippi have been two dead birds found in Newton and Jasper Counties.

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Mosquito Bite Prevention

  • Eliminate pools of stagnant water. This includes: emptying water from outdoor containers, old tires, tarps and unused swimming pools; cleaning gutters and clearing debris from roadside ditches; putting drain holes in trash barrels and turning outdoor buckets upside down to prevent water from accumulating. Water in pet bowls and livestock tanks should be refreshed at least once every three days.

  • Use natural predators to limit mosquito populations. Minnows or goldfish can be placed in backyard ponds to prey on mosquitoes. Dragonfly larvae and aquatic beetles are predators of mosquito larvae.

  • Install yellow light bulbs in outdoor lamps. These bulbs will not attract mosquitoes when turned on, unlike white bulbs, which can.

  • Repair and maintain window screens, and keep them closed. Well-maintained window screens serve as effective barriers against mosquitoes and other insects trying to enter your home.

  • Avoid outdoor activity between sunset and dawn. This is when mosquitoes most likely to carry disease are active.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Spray clothing with repellents because mosquitoes may bite through thing clothing.

  • Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. An effective repellent will contain 35 percent DEET. Wear according to label directions.

  • Do not wear scented antiperspirants, perfumes and colognes if spending time outdoors. The smell of these products attracts mosquitoes and other insects to the people wearing them.
  • Routinely mow lawns and cut brush. Shady areas and tall grass are habitats for mosquitoes.

Source: Centers for Disease Control


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