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Health Department Awards $500,000 For Mosquito Control (2017)

Nearly 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $499,911 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

June 28, 2017 | Infectious Disease

First WNV Case Of Year Reported In Davison County

The Department of Health reminds South Dakotans to get in the habit of using mosquito repellent as the state’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the year has been detected in Davison County in the 60-69 age group.

June 14, 2017 | Infectious Disease

Rounds Receives National TB Award

Kristin Rounds, Pierre, has been named the 2017 TB Controller of the Year by the National TB Controllers Association (NTCA). Rounds is the tuberculosis control coordinator for the South Dakota Department of Health and has more than 30 years of TB control experience.

Minnesota Measles Outbreak Continues, Keep Immunizations Current

As a Minnesota measles outbreak nears 50 cases, a South Dakota health official urges state residents to make sure their immunizations are up to date.

Prevent Tick-Borne Illness (2017)

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 10, 2017 | Infectious Disease

Rabies Cases Dip In 2016, Pets Still Need Vaccination

Cases of animal rabies were down in 2016, but the disease remains a risk in South Dakota, according to health officials. There were 27 cases in 2016, down from 29 cases in 2015.

March 31, 2017 | Infectious Disease