Mosquito-borne illnesses in Mississippi include West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis, Chikungunya virus, and Eastern Equine encephalitis. These illnesses affect birds, animals and humans, causing flu-like symptoms in people who are bitten by infected mosquitoes. Occasionally, illness can be severe, leading to meningitis or encephalitis.
- 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.
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WNV Support Group
Persons diagnosed with West Nile virus illnesses are invited to attend meetings of the WNV Support Group. Support Group meetings are sponsored by the Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center.
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Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Several common viral diseases in Mississippi are carried by mosquitoes, including Eastern Equine encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis.