First person infected with West Nile Virus in Dougherty County

The City of Dublin says an area of the city will be sprayed for mosquitoes Monday night after a mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile Virus last week.

Because of hot weather expected for the next several weeks, it is important to avoid mosquito bites by following practices known as the “7 D’s”. The Mississippi State Department of Health only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

The other cases were reported earlier this year in Forrest and Rankin counties. Since 2004, 229 residents have been infected with the virus, eight of which lost their lives. Getting rid of standing water is key since that is where mosquitos like to breed, according to Shader. Mosquito repellant is the number one defense to prevent getting bitten by an infected mosquito.

Because of the high mortality rate of horses that contract the disease, owners are encouraged to make sure horses are kept current with their West Nile virus vaccinations. Traps in Canyon County have also tested positive for the virus.

The district recommends that residents avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are active, especially at dusk and dawn.

-DEFEND yourself against mosquitoes by using an insect repellant using the active ingredients of either DEET, Picaridin or Lemon Eucalyptus. The DEP and County WNV staff are responding with additional surveillance and control as needed, a release states. Individuals should not attempt to handle the birds, although there is no evidence that people can get the virus from handling live or dead birds.