(WJTV) – The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting four new West Nile Virus cases for this year.
The new cases were reported in Forrest, Hinds, Jackson and Lamar counties.
This brings the total for 2016 to 26 cases in Mississippi.
Cases of WNV have been reported in Calhoun, Chickasaw, Copiah (2), Forrest, Hinds (7), Grenada, Jackson, Lamar (3), Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Marion (2), Perry and Rankin (2) counties.
There has been one WNV death reported in a Hinds County resident.
In 2015, Mississippi had 38 WNV cases and one death.
Visit the MSDH’s website to get information on how to protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses.