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State records second death this year from West Nile virus

mosquito_65147_7MADISON COUNTY — State health officials are reporting a second death this year from the West Nile virus in Mississippi.

The state Department of Health said the most recent death occurred in Madison County. The first death was in Yazoo County.

Health officials also reported new human cases in Adams, Bolivar, Covington, Forrest and Rankin counties.

So far this year, 15 human West Nile cases have been reported. There has been one each in Bolivar, Covington, Forrest, Madison, Newton, Yazoo and Wilkinson counties; two each in Adams and Hinds counties; and four in Rankin County.

The Health Department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2013, Mississippi had 45 WNV cases and five deaths.

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