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Health Department confirms second West Nile virus death; five new cases

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the second West Nile virus (WNV) death for 2013, as well as five new human cases.

The death occurred in Forrest County and was a previously reported case.

The new human cases were reported in Adams, Forrest, Lamar, Pike and Rankin counties, bringing the state total for 2013 to 35 human cases, including two deaths.

So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Bolivar, Forrest (4), Hinds (10), Jones (2), Lamar (4), Leflore (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison (2), Marion, Pike, Rankin (4) and Wayne counties.

In 2012, Mississippi had 247 WNV cases and five deaths.

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