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Prevent Tick-Borne Illness (2019)

Head outdoors and enjoy the spring weather, but keep an eye out for ticks to prevent tularemia and other tick-borne diseases, says a state health official.

April 30, 2019 | Infectious Disease

Health Department Hosts Legionnaires Prevention Workshop

The Department of Health will host a workshop for cooling tower owners, operators, installers, and water treatment consultants on the proper operation and maintenance of cooling towers to prevent cases of Legionnaires disease. The training will be held Wednesday, April 10th at the Sioux Falls Health Department, 521 North Main Avenue. Registration is free.

March 28, 2019 | Infectious Disease

Protect Health During Flood Response

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans in flood-affected areas need to keep several health-related concerns in mind as they deal with cleanup issues, says the state Department of Health. The following fact sheet to provides basic information about some typical flood-related health and concerns. Find more flood-related health and safety information visit

March 22, 2019 | Healthy Living

First Acute Flaccid Myelitis Case in South Dakota Confirmed

The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) is reporting its first case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) this year.

December 20, 2018 | Infectious Disease

Pennington County Resident South Dakota’s First Flu Death Of Season

A Pennington County resident in the 60-69 age group is South Dakota’s first influenza death of the 2018–2019 season, the Department of Health reported today. To protect patient confidentiality, additional information about the deceased is not being released.

November 26, 2018

South Dakota Patient Under Investigation for Acute Flaccid Myelitis

The South Dakota Department of Health is investigating the first person reported with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the state this year. The individual under investigation is a young adult and experienced a mild respiratory illness with fever prior to developing muscle weakness, for which they were hospitalized.

November 19, 2018 | Infectious Disease

Pertussis Cases Rise In South Dakota

Recent reports of community increases in pertussis have the Department of Heath reminding parents to make sure their kids are appropriately immunized.

November 16, 2018 | Infectious Disease

Health Department Investigates Legionnaires’ disease increase

The South Dakota Department of Health is investigating 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease that have been reported in people who reside or traveled to Sioux Falls. All 14 cases were hospitalized and 1 died. The patients are ages 36-80 years, with a median age of 57 years.

September 20, 2018 | Infectious Disease

Rising Suicide Rates Require a Multifaceted Approach to Prevention

Suicides rates have been rising in recent years in South Dakota. In 2017, 192 South Dakotans died by suicide, the most ever reported. Suicide was the ninth leading cause of death among all South Dakotans and the second leading cause of death among individuals 15 to 34 years old.

September 13, 2018 | Healthy Living

Brown County Resident First WNV Death Of Season

The Department of Health reported today a Brown County resident died of West Nile virus (WNV) associated causes, the state's first WNV related death this season. The individual was in the 80 to 89 age group.

August 1, 2018 | Infectious Disease

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