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"The first case of 2018 is a reminder that each year we have WNV cases in MS and that all Mississippians need to act now to reduce their risk of infection regardless of where they live in the state", he said.

"With exposure to mosquitoes comes risk of West Nile virus", said Dr. Jason Cabaj, Medical Officer of Health, Calgary Zone.

Certain species of mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain.

The other pool with a positive virus test was found in New Canaan.

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The virus has been detected in the state since 1999.

For those individuals who do spend their mornings and evenings outdoors, the health district recommends wearing light-colored, long-sleeved clothing, while also making sure exposed skin is covered with a mosquito repellent that contains DEET or picaridin.

The virus is usually prevalent from May through October when mosquitoes are most abundant.

Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile virus when they feed on infected birds. The 2018 larviciding program will continue throughout the summer season, along with the investigation of standing water complaints and the distribution of educational materials.


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