Mississippi's 1st West Nile Virus case of 2017 reported in Forrest County


Beaufort County mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to a release from the county.

Last season a total of three imported cases of Zika were reported in El Paso, and there were six confirmed cases of West Nile Virus recorded.

Symptoms of human West Nile virus infections typically begin within 14 days following the insect bite and consist of low-grade fever, muscle and joint aches, fatigue, and headaches.

Some precautions include using mosquito repellant with an effective ingredient, draining all sources of standing water which may support mosquito-breeding habitats, assuring doors and window screens are fitted tightly to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home, avoiding the outdoors during dawn and dusk- when mosquitoes are most active- and dressing appropriately when outdoors by wearing long sleeves and trousers. The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis.

DHEC was notified June 23 of the virus-positive mosquitoes taken from the Beaufort County area. "We will continue to monitor going forward". Wearing loose-fitting long sleeves and trousers can also help deter bites.

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Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure. Some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas.

Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.

DHEC recommends residents pay attention and remove any standing water on their properties, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths and pet bowls.

The money for the grant comes from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Mosquito Control Grant. Learn how here http://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/ReportIt/ReportDeadBirds/ .

Beaufort County Mosquito Control Director Gregg Hunt said insecticide has been applied where the mosquitoes are most active. DHEC is now accepting submission of birds through November 30.