Officials identify 17 more human cases of West Nile virus

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Health is reporting 17 new cases of West Nile virus.

The reported cases are in Forrest (1), Hinds (2), Jones (1), Lamar (1), Lincoln (1), Lowndes (1), Marion (1), Rankin (5), Sunflower (2) and Washington (1) counties with one additional unknown county.

So far this year, the state has reported 76 cases. One of those resulted in the death of a Smith County resident.

In 2011, Mississippi had 52 cases of West Nile virus, with five deaths.

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