West Nile reported in Forest

Published 12:39 am Sunday, August 12, 2007

FOREST (AP) — A new human case of West Nile virus has been found in Scott County, according to the Mississippi Department of Health.

Also, the Health Department reported Friday that a previously reported case in Rankin County had been determined to not be a West Nile virus case. Therefore, the total number of cases in the state this year remains at 14.

Lawrence, Walthall, Jones, Adams, Forest, Stone and Smith counties have all reported one case each; Madison and Rankin counties, two each; and Scott County, three.

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As the state enters peak mosquito season, which is late summer to early fall, health officials are urging all Mississippians to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses.