New case of West Nile Virus
The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new case of West Nile Virus.
That brings the total so far this year to 61 cases of the mosquito borne illness, including two people who died earlier this year. The new case is in Hinds County.
In 2016, the state had 43 cases with two deaths. So far this year, there have been 15 cases in Hinds County, seven in Rankin County, five in Forrest County, four in Madison County, three in Lee County, and two each in Calhoun, DeSoto, Humphreys, Lincoln, Lowndes, Monroe, and Scott counties. Thirteen other counties have confirmed at least one case each in 2017.
The deaths were in Forrest and Humphreys counties.