- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi health officials confirm four new cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state’s total to 26 cases this year.

The state Department of Health said in a news release Monday that the new cases of the mosquito-borne virus are in Forrest, Hinds, Jackson and Lamar counties.

Seven cases, including one death from the virus, have been reported in Hinds County. Lamar County has had three cases. Copiah, Marion and Rankin counties have had two each. Calhoun, Chickasaw, Forrest, Grenada, Jackson, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes and Perry counties have each had one.

In 2015, Mississippi had 38 West Nile cases and one death.

The department recommends removing standing water where mosquitoes could breed, avoiding areas with lots of mosquitoes, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts outdoors and using mosquito repellent.

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