The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting four new human case of West Nile virus, bringing the 2016 state total to 19.
The reported cases are in Hinds, Lee and Marion counties.
So far this year, human cases of WNV have been reported in Calhoun, Chickasaw, Copiah (2), Hinds (6), Grenada, Lamar (2), Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Marion, Perry and Rankin counties. There has been one death reported in a Hinds County resident.
Health officials also confirm that there are two new travel-associated cases of Zika virus, bringing the 2016 total to 20 in Mississippi. The cases were reported in a resident of Lafayette County who recently traveled to Nicaragua and a resident of Prentiss County associated with travel to the Caribbean Island of Grenada.
Zika is now being actively transmitted in approximately 50 countries, including Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean and two areas in Miami, Florida. The breed of mosquito that is spreading Zika in those areas – Aedes aegypti – has not been detected in Mississippi since the early 1990s.
The MSDH is currently conducting surveillance for Aedes mosquito populations in the state.
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