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Freedom-Focused Healthcare: It Works

In South Dakota, we know our people. We know they desire flexibility, affordable care, and freedom to make their own choices regarding practitioners, insurance, facilities, and treatment options. I believe that the government’s role in healthcare is to empower, support, and partner – not mandate, control, and lock down.

March 7, 2023 | COVID-19

First Two Human West Nile Virus Detections of 2022 Reported in Minnehaha and Spink Counties

Today, the South Dakota Department of Health confirmed South Dakota’s first two human West Nile virus (WNV) detections of the 2022 season, in residents of Minnehaha and Spink Counties.

August 3, 2022 | Infectious Disease

First Case of Monkeypox Identified in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting the first case of monkeypox in a South Dakota resident.

July 14, 2022 | Infectious Disease

Brown County Mosquito Pool First West Nile Detection of Season

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed the first West Nile virus (WNV) mosquito pool of the season has been detected in Brown County.

June 29, 2022 | Infectious Disease

Child Being Investigated for Hepatitis

PIERRE, S.D. The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) is investigating a child with hepatitis of unknown origin. The child resides in Brown County and is under 10 years of age.

SD-DOH Announces Available Grants for 2022 Mosquito Control Programs

The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) today announced that cities, counties, and tribes can apply, or reapply, to obtain state grant funding to help control mosquito populations and prevent the spread of West Nile virus (WNV).

May 2, 2022 | Infectious Disease