Mississippi is currently in the peak season for West Nile and four new cases have been reported in Forrest, Hinds, and Rankin counties bringing to total number of cases this year to 12.
West Nile disease is transferred from birds to mosquitoes then to humans. It can cause severe and sometimes fatal illness and to date there is no cure.
Proactive ways that people can guard against contracting the disease include the regular use of insect repellent when outdoors or near standing water where mosquitoes breed.
Common yard objects like buckets, old tires, and lawn decorations or equipment that can fill with rainwater also need to be managed to regulate mosquito breeding.