MSDH reports 1 new case of West Nile Virus

Health StockThe Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting a new human case of West Nile virus.

Health officials say the reported case is in LeFlore County and brings the state total to eight cases, with one death.

So far this year, cases have been reported in Forrest (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Wayne and LeFlore counties. Last year, Mississippi had 247 cases reported and five deaths.

In a statement Monday, state officials urged residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting the virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses by removing sources of standing water, wearing protective clothing when outdoors between dusk and dawn and using mosquito repellent.