Mississippi reports second West Nile-related death

In Mississippi, a resident of Madison County has reportedly died from the West Nile virus, according to health officials from the state health department.

The death is the second in the state this year resulting from the virus. New cases have also been reported in Adams, Bolivar, Covington, Forrest and Rankin counties.

"We usually see the bulk of our West Nile cases in August, and peak season in Mississippi runs through September," Thomas Dobbs, an epidemiologist with at the state health department, said. "Sadly, it's a reminder to all Mississippians to remain vigilant about protecting themselves and their environments from all mosquito-borne illnesses."

To date in 2014, 15 cases have been reported in the state in 10 counties, including Hinds, Madison, Newton, Yazoo and Wilkinson counties.

Residents are advised to use mosquito repellent containing DEET and to remove all sources of standing water around the home.