Drug To Fight West Nile Tested At UMC

Doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson will soon test a drug to treat the West Nile virus. Officials say the drug alpha-interferon is already sold as a treatment for hepatitis C. Forty people who have been hospitalized with the virus will participate in the trials. Meanwhile, Mississippi health officials say there are eight new cases of the virus in the state. That brings the total amount of human cases to 119. So far, three people in Mississippi have died from the disease. The new cases were found in Humphreys, Holmes, Copiah, Harrison, Coahoma, Madison, Monroe, and Simpson counties. If you have any questions about West Nile virus, call the Department of Health West Nile Hotline at 1-877-WST-NILE during weekday business hours.