Mississippi reaches 22 case of West Nile virus this year

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 8, 2015 at 10:50 a.m.



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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Four new cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Mississippi, bringing the total to 22 cases so far this year.

The Mississippi State Department of Health said Tuesday that Madison County has two of the new cases of the mosquito-borne illness. Hinds and Yazoo counties have one new case each.

One death was previously reported in Attala County.

So far this year, five cases have been confirmed in Rankin County, four each in Hinds and Madison counties, two each in Forrest and Simpson counties and one each in Adams, Attala, Covington, Montgomery, and Yazoo counties.

The Health Department only releases statistics about laboratory-confirmed cases.

In 2014, Mississippi had 43 cases of West Nile virus, with seven deaths.

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