Jackson Mayor Reminds Against West Nile Virus
As we enter peak mosquito season (late summer to early fall), Mayor Frank E. Melton urges Jackson residents to reduce their risk of contracting West Nile virus by protecting themselves from mosquito bites and removing sources of standing water near their homes.
“It’s especially important for parents to protect their children,” said Mayor Melton. “Our young people naturally want to be outdoors after school, but late afternoon and evening is also a time when mosquitoes start to become more active. We all need to take simple, common-sense precautions to ‘Fight the Bite.’”
Avoiding mosquito bites is the best way to avoid becoming infected with West Nile virus, according to the Mississippi Department of Health. The risk of a healthy person getting West Nile virus from a mosquito bite is very low, but protection remains important for everyone.
Residents are reminded to to take the following measures to prevent West Nile Disease.
Limit outdoor activities, especially from dusk to dawn when mosquito activity is highest. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks outdoors when practical. Apply mosquito repellant containing DEET according to the manufacturer’s instructions; and “TIP OR TOSS” (empty, rinse or dispose of) containers where mosquitoes can breed on your property, such as buckets, garbage cans, tires, wading pools or blocked roof gutters.
To report persistent or recurring problems with standing water in City streets, rights-of-way or drainage channels, call the Mayor’s Action Line at 601-960-1111.
For more detailed information about how to protect yourself and your family against West Nile virus, call the Mississippi West Nile Hotline at 1-877-WST-NILE (1-877-978-6453).