Health Department identifies third West Nile virus case

LOWNDES COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting a third human case of West Nile virus for 2013.

The case was reported in Lowndes County. Cases have also been reported in Forrest and Madison counties.

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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