JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi has more confirmed cases of West Nile virus this year than last.

The state Health Department reported four new cases of the mosquito-borne illness Tuesday — two in Lee County and one each in Calhoun and Clay counties. Those bring this year’s total so far to 45 cases, which include two deaths.

In 2016, the state had 43 cases with two deaths.

So far this year, there have been eight cases in Hinds County; six in Rankin County; four each in Forrest and Madison counties; and two each in Clay, Humphreys, Lee and Lincoln counties.

Counties with one case each are Bolivar, Calhoun, Clarke, Covington, Jones, Lauderdale, Leake, Leflore, Lowndes, Monroe, Noxubee, Perry, Scott, Wilkinson and Yazoo.

The deaths were in Forrest and Humphreys counties.

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