2023 West Nile Virus Awards

Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to announce that nearly 200 cities, counties, and tribes across South Dakota will collectively receive $500,00- in grants to combat mosquitoes and prevent the spread of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2023. These grants have been allocated to support local efforts in controlling mosquito populations and reducing the risk of WNV transmission.

Grant recipients were selected based on various factors, including the population of the applying jurisdiction and its history of human WNV cases up until 2022. Every community that applied for funding has been awarded a grant, ranging from $500 to $20,000, reflecting the specific needs and challenges faced by each locality. These reimbursement grants are designed to alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with mosquito control measures necessary for protecting public health.

Secretary Melissa Magstadt expressed her gratitude for the ongoing dedication and proactive approach taken by communities in controlling mosquitoes and preventing the spread of West Nile virus. "Thanks for all your efforts to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus. Your commitment to public health is commendable, and we appreciate the work you are doing to safeguard the well-being of our communities‚ÄĚ said Secretary Melissa Magstadt.

The South Dakota Department of Health remains committed to supporting and partnering with communities in their mosquito control efforts. For any inquiries regarding this funding opportunity, please do not hesitate to reach out to Julie.Ramsey@state.sd.us or contact us by phone at

Last week, the department issued a release announcing the detection of the first human case of WNV in Sanborn County.

For more information about the 2023 West Nile Virus Awards, please visit https://westnile.sd.gov/.