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Health Department reports another West Nile virus case

MADISON COUNTY — Five newly reported cases of West Nile virus bring the total in Mississippi this year to 24.

Yesterday, the state Health Department said a new case was found in Madison County.

So far this year, cases have been confirmed in Forrest (three), Hinds (four), Jones (three), Madison (two), Pearl River (six) and one case each in Coahoma, Rankin, Tallahatchie, Tate, Wayne, and Washington counties. Two deaths have been confirmed in Jones and Pearl River counties.

In 2010, Mississippi had eight West Nile virus cases and no deaths.

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