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West Nile Virus Could Be Headed For Mississippi

Health officials are warning that West Nile virus-carrying birds from Louisiana could be making their way into south Mississippi.

Dead birds with the virus have been found in several southern Louisiana parishes.

The Department of Health says some infected birds have likely made their way to Mississippi but haven't been found. No birds in Mississippi have tested positive for any of the encephalitis viruses.

In Louisiana, 18 dead birds found in three parishes tested positive for the West Nile virus. A crow found in Slidell, which is about 40 miles from Gulfport, tested positive.

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