West Nile is a serious and sometimes fatal illness, which is why health officials are urging residents to take the proper steps to help minimize their risk of getting the disease.
A central MS county is reporting its first case of West Nile virus, bringing the state's total to 31 cases so far this year.
DHEC has confirmed seven human cases of West Nile this season, according to the statement.
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"The reality is that there are probably human cases that are going unreported as well, because in the vast majority (of people), symptoms end up being very mild to the point where either you'd be so mildly ill you wouldn't seek medical attention, or you may not even experience any noticeable symptoms", he said. Those include 37 birds in Yolo County (including 11 in Davis) as well as 87 mosquito samples.
MS has among the highest numbers of serious West Nile infections nationwide.
- Apply and EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridian, IR3535, oil of eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin. The Health District says that since this test was over a month ago, the new positive result is considered a sporadic event and not due to sustained mosquito activity. However, the majority of people infected with the virus do not get sick. Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets and other containers.