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Health Department identifies new West Nile cases, but tosses two out

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health says there are two new human cases of West Nile virus — and two cases previously diagnosed as West Nile turned out to be something else.

Officials say that means the total remains at 12, with one death.

The new cases are in LeFlore and Marion counties.

The mistaken diagnoses were in Montgomery County, where a patient died, and Forrest County. A news release yesterday did not give the revised diagnoses or say how the error occurred.

The new cases reported yesterday bring the total in LeFlore County to two, with one each in Lamar, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Wayne, Bolivar, Hinds, Rankin and Marion counties. The death was in Bolivar County.

In 2012, Mississippi had 247 West Nile virus cases and five deaths.

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