Mississippi records first West Nile death

State health officials say Mississippi has recorded its first death of the year related to the West Nile virus.

The Mississippi State Department of Health said the victim was a resident of Forrest County. No additional information, including the person's name, has been made public. MSDH officials also report two additional human cases of the mosquito-transmitted virus, bringing the state's total number for the year to 17. The new cases are in Forrest and Neshoba counties.

The Board of Animal Health has also notified MSDH of one additional case of eastern equine encephalitis in a horse in Stone County. This is a mosquito-borne illness that also affects humans.