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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

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

West Nile Virus Risk Increasing

The West Nile virus (WNV) season is under way with human or mosquito detections in 11 counties across the state, the state Health Department reported today.

July 26, 2018 | Infectious Disease

Health Department Awards $500,000 For Mosquito Control (2018)

More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $499,767 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

June 20, 2018 | Infectious Disease

First Human West Nile Virus Detection Reported

A Todd County blood donor is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) detection of the season, the state Health Department reported today. The person is in the 30 to 39 age group.

June 5, 2018 | Infectious Disease