West Nile virus cases hit 30; LaCrosse encephalitis confirmed

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting three new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2013. The reported cases are in Hinds, Jones, and Madison counties, bringing the state total for 2013 to 30 cases, including one death.

So far this year, cases have been reported in Bolivar, Forrest (3), Hinds (10), Jones (2), Lamar (3), Leflore (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison (2), Marion, Rankin (3) and Wayne counties.  The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

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

The MSDH is also reporting a human case of LaCrosse encephalitis in Warren County.

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