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Mississippi hit with 4 new West Nile virus cases

New West Nile cases diagnosed in Mississippi-AP Photo New West Nile cases diagnosed in Mississippi-AP Photo

Jackson, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi State Department of Health says four newly confirmed cases of West Nile virus bring the state total to 27 this year. The new cases, reported Monday, include one each in Lamar and Rankin counties and two in Hinds County. 

Mississippi's only death from the virus this year was reported early in July in Bolivar County. 

There have now been nine cases in Hinds County, three each in Lamar, Rankin and Forrest counties, two in Leflore County and one each in Bolivar, Lowndes, Madison, Marion and Wayne counties. 

By this time last year, Mississippi had reported 140 cases and four deaths. The 2012 total was 247 West Nile cases and five deaths. 

The health department advises year-round precautions against mosquitoes, which spread the virus.

You can find more information about the disease in Mississippi by clicking here 

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