1 new case of West Nile virus confirmed in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One new case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Mississippi, bringing the state total to 28 cases so far this year.

The Mississippi State Department of Health said Monday that the new case of the mosquito-borne illness is in Hinds County.

One death was previously reported in Attala County.

So far this year, seven cases have been confirmed in Hinds County, five in Rankin County, four in Madison County, two each in Forrest and Simpson counties and one each in Adams, Attala, Covington, Lauderdale, Marion, Montgomery, Washington and Yazoo counties.

The Health Department only releases statistics about laboratory-confirmed cases.

In 2014, Mississippi had 43 cases of West Nile virus, with seven deaths.