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Health officials identify yet another case of West Nile virus

mosquito_sickHINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Health is confirming one new case of West Nile virus, bringing the state total to 44 this year with five deaths.

The new case was reported in Hinds County.

So far this year, human WNV cases have been reported in the following counties: Adams (3), Bolivar (1), Calhoun (1), Carroll (1), Coahoma (1), Clarke (1), Covington (1), Forrest (6), Harrison (1), Hinds (11), Jones (1), Lauderdale (1), Lee (1), Lowndes (1), Madison (2), Monroe (1), Neshoba (1), Newton (1), Rankin (5), Yazoo (1), Washington (1), and Wilkinson (1). Five WNV deaths have occurred, in Coahoma, Forrest, Lee, Madison, and Yazoo counties.

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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