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West Nile virus cases rise

MARION COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports one additional human case of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2009, bringing the state’s total to 39 with three deaths. The new case is in Marion County.

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

Since July 2009, WNV cases have been reported in Clay, DeSoto, Forrest (six), Harrison (six), Hinds (seven), Lamar (two), Lee (three), Leflore, Marion (two), Monroe, Neshoba, Pearl River, Prentiss, Rankin (four) and Washington (two) counties.

Two cases of St. Louis encephalitis have been reported in Forrest County.

The Board of Animal Health has reported two cases of WNV in horses, one each in Harrison and Lafayette counties.

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

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