TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has identified the state’s first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) of 2011. The case was reported in Tallahatchie County.
The MSDH only reports confirmed cases to the public.
In 2010, Mississippi had eight WNV cases. Although WNV numbers were lower in 2010 than in the previous year, they are not an indicator for the 2011 WNV season.
“While it’s important to take precautions against West Nile virus throughout the peak mosquito reproduction months of July, August and September, all mosquito-borne diseases — including WNV — can occur in Mississippi throughout the year,” said MSDH acting state epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.