West Nile reported in Lincoln County

Published 3:02 pm Monday, September 12, 2016

The Mississippi State Department of Health on Monday reported one new human case of West Nile virus, bringing the state total to 20. The reported case is in Lincoln County.

Human cases of the virus have been reported in Calhoun, Chickasaw, Copiah (2), Hinds (6), Grenada, Lamar (2), Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Marion, Perry and Rankin counties. There has been one WNV death reported in a Hinds County resident. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2015, Mississippi had 38 WNV cases and one death.

The MSDH also reported one new travel-associated case of Zika virus, bringing the 2016 total to 21 in Mississippi. The case was reported in a resident of Warren County who recently traveled to Puerto Rico.

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The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors discussed the case of West Nile in a meeting last week, but MSDH confirmed it publicly Monday.