New West Nile cases bring total for Mississippi to 39

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Six newly reported cases of West Nile virus bring the total in Mississippi this year to 39.

On Monday, the state Department of Health reported one in a previously reported West Nile virus case in Jasper County.

The six new cases were in Hinds, Madison, Rankin (3) and Washington counties.

So far this year, cases have been confirmed in Forrest (4), Hinds (6), Jones (4), Madison (6), Pearl River (6), Rankin (5), Washington (2) and one case each in Coahoma, Jasper, Lincoln, Tallahatchie, Tate and Wayne counties. Three deaths have been confirmed, in Jasper, Jones and Pearl River counties.

In 2010, Mississippi had eight WNV cases and no deaths.