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More West Nile virus cases identified

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports five additional human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2009, bringing the state’s total to 11 with one death. The new cases are in DeSoto, Forrest, Hinds and Rankin (two) counties.

The MSDH reports both confirmed and probable cases to the public.

Since July 2009, WNV cases have been reported in DeSoto, Forrest, Harrison (two), Hinds (two), Marion, Rankin (two) and Washington (two) counties. One case of St. Louis encephalitis has been reported in Forrest County. The Board of Animal Health has reported one case of WNV in a horse.

The MSDH conducts statewide mosquito testing with its most intensive surveillance during the peak WNV mosquito reproduction months of July-September. To date, six mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV – four in Harrison County and one each in Jackson and Washington counties.

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