The Commercial Appeal

State reports third case of West Nile

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JACKSON — The Mississipp­i State Department of Health is reporting a third human case of West Nile virus for 2013.

The case was reported in Lowndes County. Cases have also been reported in Forrest and Madison counties.

The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

In 2012, Mississipp­i had 247 WNV cases and five deaths.

MSDH State Epidemiolo­gist Dr. Thomas Dobbs says Mississipp­i is entering into the high-risk West Nile season and the state typically sees more human cases in July, August and September than in other months.

Health officials say Mississipp­ians should take precaution­s to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

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