- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State health officials are reporting a second death this year from the West Nile virus in Mississippi.

The state Department of Health says Tuesday that the most recent death occurred in Madison County. The first death was in Yazoo County.

Health officials also reported new human cases in Adams, Bolivar, Covington, Forrest and Rankin counties.

So far this year, 15 human West Nile cases have been reported. There has been one each in Bolivar, Covington, Forrest, Madison, Newton, Yazoo and Wilkinson counties; two each in Adams and Hinds counties; and four in Rankin County.

The Health Department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2013, Mississippi had 45 WNV cases and five deaths.