West Nile Virus Spreading in the Mid-South

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(Memphis)  Health departments across the Mid-South are reporting an increase in human cases of the West Nile Virus.

The Mississippi Department of Health has now confirmed 200 cases in the state so far this year — the most ever reported. Five Mississippians have died as a result of the mosquito-borne virus.

In our area, there have been two cases reported in DeSoto County and one each in Coahoma and Panola counties.

There have been 25 human cases of the West Nile Virus in Tennessee. State health officials say 12 of those cases have been in Shelby County. There have been one case each in Chester, Haywood and Madison counties.

In Arkansas, there have been 51 human cases reported, with six deaths.