First West Nile Virus Case in Mississippi

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Jackson, Miss.

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting the state's first human case of West Nile virus for 2014. The reported case is in Hinds County.

The state health department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2013, Mississippi had 45 West Nile cases and five deaths.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs says while it seems surprising for a case to be reported given all the winter weather the state's had this season, it serves as a good reminder that the virus can occur year-round.

In 2012, Mississippi had 247 West Nile cases and five deaths.