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.
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- 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.
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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.
Mississippi's West Nile Virus Hotline: 877-978-6453
WNV Deaths by Year
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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