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55 cases of West Nile virus in Mississippi so far in 2017

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new case of West Nile virus.

That brings the total so far this year to 55 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, including two people who died weeks ago. The new case is in Monroe County.

In 2016, the state had 43 cases with two deaths.

So far this year, there have been 12 cases in Hinds County; six in Rankin County; five in Forrest County; four in Madison County; three in Lee County; and two each in Calhoun, Humphreys, Lincoln, Lowndes, Monroe and Scott counties.

Counties with one case each are Bolivar, Clarke, Clay, Covington, DeSoto, Jones, Lauderdale, Leake, Leflore, Noxubee, Perry, Wilkinson and Yazoo.

The deaths were in Forrest and Humphreys counties.

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