JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming two new cases of West Nile virus.

That brings the total so far this year to 47 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, including two people who died weeks ago. The new cases are in Lee and DeSoto counties.

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; three in Lee County; and two each in Clay, Humphreys, and Lincoln counties.

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

The deaths were in Forrest and Humphreys counties.

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