County sees fourth West Nile case

Published 11:46 pm Monday, October 8, 2007

NATCHEZ — Two recently reported cases of West Nile in Adams County bring the total to four this year.

Statewide, 15 new cases were reported Monday, including Coahoma, Copiah, Hinds, Jones, Lamar, Lauderdale, Madison, Neshoba, Rankin and Scott counties.

“Although the number of reported West Nile virus cases is slowing down as cooler weather arrives, mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus are still active and biting,” Interim State Epidemiologist Dr. Mary Currier said in the statement.

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Residents should use mosquito repellent in mosquito-prone areas and eliminate standing water, where mosquitoes breed.

A spokesperson for the health department said because of federal privacy laws, they were not allowed to identify specific areas of mosquito infections because it might identify the patient.

Adams County Supervisor S.E. “Spanky” Felter said the information he received from the health department centered the infections in the Morgantown area and in the northeast part of the city.

Felter said he didn’t want people in the rest of the county to disregard the warnings because West Nile could just as easily affect other parts of the county.

“People see that and think they don’t need to worry about it,” Felter said. “People need to be aware of it.”

The county provides free larvicide, a chemical that when put in standing water kills mosquito larvae.

But the county doesn’t spray insecticide. Earlier this summer, the board of supervisors asked Road Manager Clarence Jones to look into purchasing the insecticide.

“I’m waiting for information from Jackson on one of those fogging machines,” Jones said. “(The insecticide) is pretty expensive.”

A 55-gallon drum costs roughly $5,400, City Public Works Director Eric Smith said. Smith estimated that a drum would last almost two summers.

The city sprays daily throughout the city, between 6:30 and 10 p.m., Smith said. They started spraying at the beginning of the summer and will stop after the first freeze, he said.