A family member says the only person in Leflore County officially diagnosed with West Nile virus this year has died of complications from the disease.
Mary Jane Faulkner tells The Greenwood Commonwealth her brother, 64-year-old Britt Thomas, died Wednesday at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.
Faulkner says Thomas was a longtime diabetic, and that condition likely contributed to his inability to recover from West Nile, which is a mosquito-borne virus.
She said Thomas is believed to have contracted West Nile Aug. 4 while mowing his yard.
In 2008, Leflore County had four human cases of West Nile and one death, according to the Mississippi Department of Health's West Nile Web site.