The state department of health reports another Mississippian has died from the West Nile virus, this time in Lincoln County.
That brings the total to two confirmed deaths in this state, the other was in Smith County.
The department of health now confirms 85 cases of West Nile in the state this year, the most reported by the end of July since 2002.
This is the peak season for the mosquito born-illness but it can occur anytime of year.
As the number of west Nile cases continue to grow, cities are stepping up efforts to get rid of mosquitoes.
Madison County has five reported cases of West Nile. Hinds and Rankin cases are in the double digits.
The city of Madison sends two spray trucks out four to five times a week.
"The whole city, we normally cover in three days, but due to the fact that we had some West Nile cases, we're having to hit some extra spots," says public works employee Wesley Gannon.
Madison has started a public education campaign on West Nile.
You can go to the city's website http://www.madisonthecity.com/ for more information.
The Mississippi State Department of Health is also partnering with other cities to provide similar information, which can be found here http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,93.html
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