Michelle Lowe

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Delivering the news in North MS and West AL. has been just one more "Day in the Life" since 2007. Anchor of WCBI News at 9 on MYMS, co-anchor WCBI News at 10. Email me with story ideas!

Video: First West Nile Case in 2013 Reported in Madison Co.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting the first human case of West Nile virus for 2013.

The case was reported in Madison County. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

In 2012, Mississippi had 247 WNV cases and five deaths.

MSDH Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers says in a news release that it is not unusual to have a West Nile case this early in the year. He says it shows the West Nile virus can show up at any time just not in the peak months of July, August and September.

Health officials say Mississippians should take precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes.