Seventh West Nile case reported for 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting a seventh human case of West Nile virus for 2013.

The case was reported in Lincoln County. Mississippi has recorded one death this year.

So far this year, cases have been reported in Forrest (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery and Wayne counties. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

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

MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs says Mississippi is entering into the high-risk West Nile season and the state typically sees more human cases in July, August and September than in other months.

Health officials say Mississippians should take precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes.