ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health says three newly confirmed cases of West Nile virus bring the state total to 43 this year. The new cases were in Forrest, Lamar and Rankin counties.
So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Bolivar, Forrest (6), Harrison, Hinds (12), Jones (2), Lamar (5), Leflore (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison (3), Marion, Pike, Rankin (5) and Wayne counties.
There have been two deaths this year blamed on West Nile.
In 2012, Mississippi had 247 West Nile cases and five deaths.