Jackson, Miss. The Mississippi State Department of Health reports four new human cases of West Nile virus.
The cases were reported in Forrest, Harrison, Hinds and Madison counties, bringing the state total for 2013 to 39 human cases, including two deaths.
So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Bolivar, Forrest (5), Harrison, Hinds (11), Jones (2), Lamar (4), Leflore (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison (3), Marion, Pike, Rankin (4) and Wayne counties. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.
In 2012, Mississippi had 247 WNV cases and five deaths.
Mississippians should take appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of contracting WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses year-round. Click the link below for details.