West Nile hits close to home

Special Report

   The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first West Nile virus death for 2013, along with two new human cases.
   The death was in Montgomery County, and the new reported cases are in Forrest and Wayne counties.
   Sources close to the family say the victim was an elderly Duck Hill resident.
   The report brings the state total for 2013 to six cases, including the death. This time last year there were no reported deaths from WNV in Mississippi.
   So far this year, West Nile cases have been reported in Madison, Forrest, Wayne, Lowndes and Montgomery counties.  
   Only laboratory-confirmed cases  are reported to the public by the MSDH.
   “It’s important to remember that we are now in peak West Nile season, which includes the months of July, August and September,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.
   “This is when we can expect to see the bulk of our cases throughout the state. It is important to be especially mindful of taking proper protective measures now, but West Nile virus can be contracted year-round,” Dr. Dobbs said.

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