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

That brings the total so far this year to 51 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, including two people who died weeks ago. Three new cases are in Hinds County and one is in Lowndes County.

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

So far this year, there have been 11 cases in Hinds County; six in Rankin County; four each in Forrest and Madison counties; three in Lee County; and two each in Calhoun, Humphreys, Lincoln and Lowndes counties.

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

The deaths were in Forrest and Humphreys counties.

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