9th human West Nile case reported

Published 6:17 pm Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The ninth human case of the West Nile virus in Mississippi has been confirmed in Pearl River County by health officials.

Health officials also Monday reported two additional cases of LaCrosse encephalitis in Hinds and Adams counties, bringing the state’s total cases to three.

A case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a horse has also been reported in Jackson County. EEE can be transmitted to humans and horses by mosquitoes that have bitten an infected bird.

Since March, West Nile virus cases have been reported in Hinds, Lincoln, Forrest, Jones (three), Madison (two) and Pearl River counties. Three cases of LAC have been reported in Adams, Hinds and Yazoo counties.