4 West Nile cases now reported in Mississippi

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Health Department is reporting one new human case of West Nile virus in the state.

The new case is in Jones County. Other cases are in Lincoln, Lauderdale and Hancock counties.

In 2011, Mississippi had 52 cases and five deaths from West Nile virus.

Health officials say residents should take precautions to reduce the risk by removing sources of standing water where mosquitoes breed and to wear long pants and sleeves in mosquito-prone areas during peak times from dusk until dawn. Mosquito repellent is also recommended.