Health officials identify second West Nile virus case of 2013

FORREST COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting the second human case of West Nile virus for 2013.

The case was reported in Forrest County. In April of this year, one case was reported in Madison County.

The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

In 2012, Mississippi had 247 WNV cases and five deaths.

MSDH state epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs says Mississippi is entering into the high-risk West Nile season and the state typically sees more human cases in July, August and September than in other months.

Health officials say Mississippians should take precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

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