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.