Take precautions! West Nile case confirmed in Biloxi

The Mississippi Department of Health has announced that a human case of the West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Biloxi, and those venturing outside are encouraged to take precautions.

West Nile is a virus that can be spread to humans and animals by mosquitoes and causes flu-like symptoms.

“As with most things we encounter in life, the key to dealing with this threat is being educated about the issue and taking appropriate action,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “Follow precautious and, by all means, let’s all do our part to help repel this threat.”

Some suggested precautions are:

– Limit outdoor activity during early morning hours, late evening, and after dark.

– If out during these hours, wear light colored long sleeve shirts and long pants.

– Use screens on open windows and doors.

– When outdoors, use insect repellant containing an EPA registered active ingredient.  Follow the directions on the package.

– Watch and listen to health department alerts and warnings about mosquito disease outbreaks.

The Harrison County Mosquito Control regularly sprays for adult mosquitoes, treats standing water, and traps and tests mosquitoes throughout Biloxi and Harrison County.
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