JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi health officials are confirming one new case of West Nile virus, bringing the state’s total to 21 cases this year.
The state Department of Health says in a news release Monday that the new case of the mosquito-borne virus is in Marion County.
Six cases, including one death from the virus, have been reported in Hinds County. Copiah, Lamar and Marion counties have had two each. Calhoun, Chickasaw, Grenada, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Perry and Rankin counties have each had one.
In 2015, Mississippi had 38 West Nile cases and one death.
The department recommends removing standing water where mosquitoes could breed, avoiding areas with lots of mosquitoes, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts outdoors and using mosquito repellent.