The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new case of West Nile virus.
That brings the total so far this year to 55 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, including two people who died weeks ago. The new case is in Monroe County.
In 2016, the state had 43 cases with two deaths.
So far this year, there have been 12 cases in Hinds County; six in Rankin County; five in Forrest County; four in Madison County; three in Lee County; and two each in Calhoun, Humphreys, Lincoln, Lowndes, Monroe and Scott counties.
Counties with one case each are Bolivar, Clarke, Clay, Covington, DeSoto, Jones, Lauderdale, Leake, Leflore, Noxubee, Perry, Wilkinson and Yazoo.
The deaths were in Forrest and Humphreys counties.
BEFORE YOU GO…
… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.
If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.Click for more info