3 new cases of West Nile virus reported in Mississippi

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West Nile virus has been detected in four chickens near Solvang, Santa Barbara County Public Health officials said Monday.

The chickens are part of a "sentinel" flock monitored by the Mosquito and Vector Management District and are located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant near Solvang.

Richland County is reminding residents and business owners to protect themselves from mosquitoes, as health officials report an increase in the number of the pests infected with West Nile this year.

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"While not every mosquito carries the virus, West Nile illness continues to be present in Denton County", Rodriguez said in a prepared statement.

The Frisco resident was diagnosed with West Nile Fever, according to a county news release.

In 2016, MS had 43 WNV cases and two deaths. Eight of the cases were fatal.

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West Nile virus is passed primarily between birds by mosquito vectors. Humans, horses and other animals can become infected with West Nile virus if bitten by an infected mosquito. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms. Human-to-human transmission does not occur.

However, in elderly people and those with suppressed immune systems the virus can be deadly.

Be aware of mosquitoes during active times between dusk and dawn. One horse from St. Lawrence County was not vaccinated for the disease but was still alive.

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