The Mississippi State
Department of Health is reporting the state's first death from West Nile
virus for 2013.
The death was reported in Montgomery County.
So far this year, six cases have been reported in
Mississippi. They were in Madison, Forrest, Wayne, Lowndes and
Montgomery counties. The Health Department only reports
laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.
In 2012, Mississippi had 247 West Nile virus cases
and five deaths. At this time last year, there were no reported deaths
from it in Mississippi.
Health officials say Mississippians should take precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes.
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