AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Health is confirming three new cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state total to 43 this year.
New cases reported yesterday are in Calhoun, Hinds and Madison counties. Nobody has died in the latest cases, although there have been five previous deaths from the mosquito-borne virus this year.
Hinds County has the most cases, with 10. That is followed by Forrest County with six, Rankin County with five, Adams County with three and Madison County with two.
These counties have one case each: Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Coahoma, Clarke, Covington, Harrison, Jones, Lauderdale, Lee, Lowndes, Monroe, Neshoba, Newton, Washington, Wilkinson and Yazoo.
The deaths have occurred in Coahoma, Forrest, Lee, Madison, and Yazoo counties.
In 2013, Mississippi had 45 West Nile virus cases, with five deaths