Mississippi reports 2nd West Nile death

Jackson, Ms.  - The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported a second death in the state from the West Nile Virus.  The state is also reporting four new human cases, bringing to 12 the total number of cases reported so far for 2013.

Health officials say in a news release Tuesday that the death occurred in Bolivar County. The new reported cases occurred in Forrest, Hinds and Rankin counties.

Of the dozen cases reported so far this year, three were reported in Forrest and one each in   Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Wayne, Leflore, Bolivar, Hinds and Rankin counties. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

In 2012, Mississippi had 247 WNV cases and five deaths. Health officials are urging residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting the virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.