Latest case reported in Scott County

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.

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.