South Dakota Department of Health Awards Grant Dollars to Local Communities to Help Control Mosquito Populations


 South Dakota Department of Health Awards Grant Dollars to Local Communities to Help Control Mosquito Populations

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) announced that nearly 200 cities, counties, and tribes across South Dakota will collectively receive $500,000 in grants to combat mosquitoes and prevent the spread of West Nile Virus (WNV) in 2024. 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 2023. 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.

DOH Secretary Melissa Magstadt emphasized the importance of community efforts in mosquito control and the prevention of WNV, "The dedication and proactive measures taken by our communities are vital in our fight against West Nile Virus. These grants will provide essential support to local mosquito control programs, ensuring the health and safety of our residents." 

Yesterday, the department issued a release announcing a mosquito control advisory following recent flooding, highlighting the increased need for effective mosquito control measures. "Our continued commitment to supporting local mosquito control programs is crucial, especially in light of recent flooding events that have increased the risk of mosquito breeding," added Secretary Magstadt.

The South Dakota Department of Health is committed to supporting and partnering with communities in their mosquito control efforts. For any inquiries regarding this funding opportunity, contact or by phone at 605-773-8107.

Last week, the department issued a release announcing the detection of the first WNV mosquito pool in Brookings County.

For more information about the 2024 WNV Awards, please visit the DOH website. The complete list of 2024 award recipients can be found at   

At the heart of the Department of Health’s mission is a simple goal: to protect and improve the health of all South Dakotans. The department is entrusted with the vital task of promoting wellness, preventing disease, and ensuring access to quality healthcare for all South Dakotans.