The state's request for federal assistance to help fight the West Nile virus was denied Friday, the same day human cases of the virus rose to 91 in Mississippi.
Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said he was disappointed the request, which was submitted on Aug. 16, was denied. But he said the state will continue its fight against the deadly virus.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency told Musgrove, in a letter, "The Mississippi Department of Health and Human Services is the appropriate avenue for addressing a West Nile virus outbreak."
There have been three West Nile deaths in Mississippi, one each in Pike, Madison, and Hinds counties. The virus has been found in 66 of the state's 82 counties. Including Lauderdale, Clarke, Smith, Scott, Jasper and Newton.