Hattiesburg officials address West Nile threat

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A high number of positive West Nile samples have been detected this week in Hattiesburg and officials want the public to be aware of the dangers this illness can pose.

Thursday morning at Hattiesburg's City Hall, Mayor Johnny DuPree hosted a press conference saying one positive case of the virus has been detected in a Hub City resident.

To combat the disease, the city is spraying for mosquitoes for the next three evenings and asking residents to remove any standing water around their property because mosquitoes breed in those conditions.

Additionally, Dr. Thomas Dobbs with the state health department said residents should also be aware of increased mosquito activity during the dawn and dusk hours.

"Also too we can protect our bodies by the use of mosquito repellents. Typically the deet mosquito repellents are effective at keeping mosquitoes away. And also too by wearing protective clothing, long sleeves in shirts and also too long pants. Particularly in the times when mosquitoes are most active," explained Dobbs.

Dobbs said residents with the symptoms of severe headaches combined with body aches should contact their doctor about possible West Nile infection.

For more information about West Nile virus, log onto the city of Hattiesburg's web site at www.hattiesburgms.com  or the health department at www.healthyms.com.

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