HINDS COUNTY and FORREST COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports two new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV). The cases were reported in Hinds and Forrest counties.
The MSDH has now reported four new cases in a two-day period. These cases in Hinds and Forrest counties bring the state total for 2011 to nine.
So far this year, cases have been reported in Coahoma, Forrest, Hinds (two), Jones, Marion, Pearl River (two) and Tallahatchie counties. The MSDH only reports confirmed cases to the public.
During the peak season months of July, August and September, the MSDH conducts its most intensive statewide mosquito testing. Although there have been positive WNV mosquito samples throughout the state, recent tests have shown several positive WNV samples in the Hattiesburg area. While positive WNV mosquito samples are an indication that WNV infected mosquitoes are in the area, all Mississippians should take proper precautions this time of year. Cases are often reported in areas where no positive WNV mosquito samples have been identified.