- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Health is confirming the first case of West Nile virus for 2015.

The reported case is an adult in Hinds County.,

The Health Department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

In 2014, Mississippi had 43 West Nile cases and seven deaths. In 2013, Mississippi had 45 West Nile cases and five deaths.

Health officials say in a news release that 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.

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