Mississippi reports 2 new west Nile virus deaths

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting two new deaths and 19 new human cases of the West Nile virus.

Health officials say both deaths were in Rankin County, and the new cases were reported in Calhoun (2), Copiah (1), Hinds (1), Lamar (1), Lauderdale (1), Madison (2), Marion (1), Pearl River (1), Rankin (6), Warren (1), and Yazoo (2) counties, bringing the state total to 114 cases and four deaths.

Health officials say it is the largest number of cases reported by the end of July since 2002.

In 2011, Mississippi had 52 WNV cases and five deaths. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

The MSDH is also reporting a human case of La Crosse Encephalitis in Lawrence County.