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West Nile death reported in Pearl River County

The Mississippi State Department of Health today reported five new human West Nile virus cases in Madison, Pearl River (2), Tate and Washington counties, bringing the state’s total to 23 for 2011. One death is also being reported in Pearl River County. The two newly reported Pearl River County cases became ill sometime in late July through early August but were just recently determined to be positive for WNV after consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Sun Herald will have updates on this story on Thursday.