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2nd West Nile virus death reported in Mississippi

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(WMC-TV) - The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting a second death from the West Nile virus, along with four new human cases.

Health officials said in a news release Tuesday that the death occurred in Bolivar County and the new reported cases occurred in Forrest, Hinds, and Rankin counties.

These new reported cases bring the state total for 2013 to 12 cases with two deaths.

"We want to remind residents we are now in peak West Nile season, and regardless of specific county reports, West Nile virus is active throughout the entire state at this point," said MSDH Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.

Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

The health department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2012, Mississippi had 247 West Nile virus cases and five deaths, according to the Associated Press.

Health officials are urging residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting the virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

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