Mississippi state health health officials have reported the first human West Nile virus (WNV) of 2022 in a individual from Hinds County.
West Nile virus is transmitted primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito; although, there have been isolated cases occurring in blood transfusion and organ donation recipients, from mother to baby during pregnancy and through breast milk. People cannot become infected through ordinary contact with an infected bird, horse, or human.
MSDH recommends the following to prevent mosquito bites:
- Use a recommended mosquito repellent.
- Cover arms and legs with long sleeves and long skirts or pants.
- Avoid mosquito-prone areas in the mornings and evenings, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Remove sources of standing water around your home where mosquitoes can breed, and make sure window screens are in good condition.