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Miss health officials: 3rd West Nile virus case of 2015

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health says a Simpson County resident has the state’s third confirmed case of West Nile virus this year.

Laboratories previously confirmed cases in Adams and Hinds counties.

Last year, 43 people in Mississippi came down with the virus, and seven of them died.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said in Monday’s news release that people need to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

He says the number of cases begins increasing in summer, peaking in August and September. But he says they can occur any time of year.

Protections include using mosquito repellents containing DEET when outside, especially around dawn or dusk; and wearing long, light-colored, loose-fitting pants and long-sleeved shirts outside. They also include removing all places where standing water can collect outside homes.

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