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Health Department confirms 1 death, 4 new cases of West Nile virus in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi has recorded its first death from the West Nile virus of 2015.

The state Department of Health says Monday in a news release that an Attala County resident has died from the virus. The health agency also reported four new human cases in Montgomery, Rankin (2), and Simpson counties, bringing the total for 2015 to 18 cases.

So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Attala, Covington, Forrest (2), Hinds (3), Madison (2), Montgomery, Rankin (5) and Simpson (2) counties

In 2014, Mississippi had 43 cases of the West Nile virus, with seven deaths.

The Health Department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. Health officials say symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

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