- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A sample of mosquitoes in the Reservoir area of Rankin County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The county’s mosquito abatement program, in a news release, said seven pools from the county have been tested this year, and this pool marks the first that tested positive for the virus.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1I8E8JF ) that officials say the positive test means viral activity is increasing and people should be careful and take precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes by using repellent containing DEET, minimize outdoor activity between dusk and dawn and eliminate standing water around residences.

According to the Mississippi Department of Health’s 2015 report, Jackson County is currently the only other county reporting a positive pool.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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