JACKSON, Miss.– Two more West Nile Virus deaths were confirmed by the Mississippi State Department of Health Monday, bringing this year’s total to five.
The latest confirmed deaths occurred in Lee and Coahoma counties. The other three were reported in Forrest, Madison and Yazoo counties.
An additional 12 new West Nile cases have been reported, bringing Mississippi’s total to 37 people infected this year.
The state also reports a human case of St. Louis Encephalitis in Coahoma County, which is another virus transmitted by mosquitoes.
Hinds County has had the most West Nile Virus cases reported, with nine so far this year. Forrest County has six, Rankin County has four and Adams County has three.
Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Clarke, Covington, Harrison, Jones, Lauderdale, Lee, Madison, Monroe, Newton, Yazoo, Washington and Wilkinson counties have had one case each.
In 2013, Mississippi had 45 West Nile virus cases, with five deaths.
Mosquito season is at its peak right now, so take those extra precautions to avoid getting bit. It’s important to wear mosquito repellent before going outside that contains DEET, get rid of standing water around your home and try to wear clothing that covers the skin when outdoors.