3 new West Nile virus cases in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Department of Health says three newly confirmed cases of West Nile virus bring the state total to 30 this year. The new cases, reported Monday, include one each in Hinds, Jones and Madison counties.

Mississippi’s only death from the virus this year was reported early in July in Bolivar County.

So far this year, cases have been reported in Bolivar, Forrest (3), Hinds (10), Jones (2), Lamar (3), Leflore (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison (2), Marion, Rankin (3) and Wayne counties.

The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

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

The MSDH is also reporting a human case of LaCrosse encephalitis in Warren County.

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