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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

West Nile Virus Prevention and Control

West Nile Virus (WNV) causes bird disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Humans, horses and other mammals may also be infected. In humans the most serious manifestation of WNV infection is encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).

News: Applications are now open for the 2016 mosquito control grants. There is a total of $500,000 in funding available - individual grant awards could range from $500 to $20,000 and will be based on the population of the applying jurisdiction and its number of human WNV cases through 2015.  Applications are due June 1, 2016 and awards will be announced by July 1, 2016. Direct questions to Susan Gannon, 605-773-3737.

 

NASA's Mosquito Meets MODIS: South Dakota Fights West Nile Virus video features SDSU biology professor Michael Hildreth, SDSU senior scientist Michael Wimberly, and Lon Kightlinger, State Epidemiologist for the Department of Health

 

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