Bird With West Nile Found in Harrison County

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It marks the first time the Mississippi State Department of Health has found the mosquito-borne disease in the Gulf Coast county this year.

Health officials announced today that the infected bird was identified through routine surveillance.

West Nile virus was found in a collection of mosquitoes in Jackson County, also on the Coast, earlier this week.

Health officials also announced that new cases of Eastern equine encephalitis, another mosquito-borne virus, have been found in horses in Clarke, Lee and Wayne County for the first time this year. Another horse with Eastern equine encephalitis was found on the border of Forrest and Covington counties.

No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Mississippi this year.

In 2002, there were 193 human cases of West Nile virus in Mississippi and 12 deaths.

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