As of Wednesday, there were 19 confirmed human cases of the virus in the state.
Harrison County Mosquito Control has handed out flyers in the area, and workers on spray trucks are doing extra spraying to kill adult mosquitoes, Director Gene Fayard said.
DRAIN STANDING WATER-Standing water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.
West Nile virus, first identified in Uganda, was initially detected in the United States in New York City in 1999 and was found in MA the next year. Most people fully recover, but for some, it can develop into a severe illness that affects the central nervous system.
- Use an EPA-approved repellent on skin and clothes - always follow the instructions on the label.
According to the DPH, the best ways to avoid infection are to stay inside during dusk and dawn hours, wear long trousers, shirts, and socks if you are exposed to mosquitoes, and wear the proper insect repellant to dissuade any thirsty bugs.
Watch for health department alerts and warnings about mosquito disease outbreak.
The case is one of 16 reported cases of the virus in the state so far in 2018.
The MSDH added Harrison County - the Gulfport case - to the list of confirmed cases on August 27.
- Use screens on your windows and doors. Two of them, a Suffolk County resident in her 40s and a Worcester County woman in her 70s, were admitted to hospitals.
A total of 26 cases have been reported statewide this year, with 10 cases in Jackson.
Two deaths, including one in Kent County, have been reported in MI this year due to West Nile.
There are no vaccines to prevent West Nile virus or medications to treat it, but over-the-counter pain and fever reducers can help.
Although many people don't even encounter symptoms when they are infected with West Nile, 1 in 150 people report developing serious symptoms such as meningitis and encephalitis.