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Four new cases of West Nile virus discovered

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting four new human cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus (WNV). The cases were reported in Coahoma, Hinds, Marion and Pearl River counties.

This brings the state total for 2011 to five. One human case was reported in Tallahatchie County in May. The MSDH only reports confirmed cases to the public.

In 2010, Mississippi had eight WNV cases. Although WNV numbers were lower in 2010 than in the previous year, they are not an indicator for the 2011 WNV season.

“We are now in the peak mosquito reproduction months of July, August and September, so it’s especially important to take precautions against West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses this time of year,” said MSDH acting state epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.

Source: Mississippi State Department of Health

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