Second West Nile case reported in Warren County

Published 11:19 am Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A second case of West Nile virus has been recorded in Warren County and two more people in Mississippi have died from the mosquito-borne disease, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported this morning.

The Warren County case is one of 19 reported today by the MSDH, which said both new deaths were in Rankin County. It brings to four the number of West Nile-blamed deaths in the state this year. Warren County’s first case of West Nile was reported on Aug. 27.

In addition to Warren, those counties reporting new cases today, were Calhoun, Madison and Yazoo, each with two, and Rankin, with six cases, and Copiah, Hinds, Lamar, Lauderdale, Marion and Pearl River, each with one new case.

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Today’s numbers bring the total in the state to 114, including the four deaths.

The Department of Health also reported a human case of La Crosse Encephalitis in Lawrence County.

In 2011, Mississippi had 52 West Nile cases and five deaths. The Department of Health reports only laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

State health officials estimate that as many as 80 percent of people infected with West Nile never get sick, and only one of every 150 victims becomes severely ill.