Two official deaths have now been blamed on the West Nile Virus in Mississippi.
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Forrest and Humphreys Counties in Mississippi are reporting multiple cases of West Nile Virus now.
In a shocking return of the extraordinary mosquito transmitted illness, there are now 36 reported cases in Mississippi alone.
Most of the South has a climate that resembles tropical humidity and swamp-like “mugginess”, where heat reflects off the ground and literally leaves your clothes sticking to you as you're drenched in sweat.
It's something Southerners are used to, but those from out of the area or who work in air-conditioned indoor environments can be miserable in such conditions.
That accompanied with torrential rainfall creates a perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed and infest, along with flies.
You might receive a several inch downpour of rain on any given day, and that water accumulates into the sandy fields and grass holding itself for some time, which is a brooding nest perfect for the mosquitoes which soon follow.
That's continuing the trend of more and more West Nile Virus being reported in the region, as the counties with the most West Nile virus cases this year are Hinds, with seven; Rankin, with six; and Forrest and Madison, with four each.
Humphreys and Lincoln counties have two each. Counties with one case each are Bolivar, Clay, Covington, Jones, Leake, Leflore, Lowndes, Noxubee, Perry, Scott and Wilkinson.
Last year however Mississippi only had two West Nile deaths for the entire year, a pace which is now set to be easily destroyed under the conditions of 2017.
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The state health department says it's now investigating those believed to be infected with West Nile and the Center for Disease Control will be offering assistance.
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