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West Nile Virus and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

West Nile virus and other viral diseases carried by mosquitoes

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.

Mosquito Protection

  • Use a recommended mosquito repellent.
  • Cover arms and legs with long, light-colored clothing.
  • Avoid mosquito-prone areas in the mornings and evenings, when activity is highest.
  • Remove sources of standing water around your home where mosquitoes can breed.

More About Staying Protected

Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Five main types of viral disease in Mississippi are carried by mosquitoes, including Zika virus.

Information and Fact Sheets

Dead Birds: MSDH is no longer requesting that the public report or submit dead birds. Statewide mosquito surveillance has proven to be a more effective predictor of West Nile virus circulating in the community.

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 at 1350 East Woodrow Wilson in Jackson.

Mississippi's West Nile Virus Hotline: 877-978-6453

WNV Deaths by Year

5 5 7 1 1

20122013201420152016

2016 Human Cases

West Nile virus and mosquito-borne illnesses in humans confirmed by MSDH.

For Health Professionals

For More Information

Mississippi's toll-free West Nile Virus hotline: 1-877-WST-NILE (1-877-978-6453)

The CDC has set up public hotlines for questions concerning West Nile Virus:

  • English : 1-888-246-2675
  • Spanish : 1-888-246-2857
  • Hearing-impaired : 1-866-874-2646
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This page has been automatically translated from English. MSDH has not reviewed this translation and is not responsible for any inaccuracies.
Last reviewed on Oct 29, 2015

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Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866-HLTHY4U web@HealthyMS.com
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