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Prevent Tick-Borne Illness (2018)

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

May 24, 2018 | Infectious Disease

Grants Open For Mosquito Control Programs (1)

Cities, counties and tribes can again apply for state grant funding to help control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV).

April 10, 2018 | Infectious Disease

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

A Day County resident in the 70–79 age group is South Dakota’s first influenza death of the 2017–2018 season, the Department of Health reported today. To protect patient confidentiality, additional information about the deceased is not being released.

December 22, 2017 | Infectious Disease

Health Department Urges Vaccination As Flu Activity Increases

People should not delay getting a flu shot now that flu activity is increasing in South Dakota. So far this season, South Dakota has reported 146 laboratory-confirmed cases and 26 flu-related hospitalizations. The best way to prevent getting sick with influenza is to receive a dose of influenza vaccine.

South Dakota Reports First Flu Detection Of Season

South Dakota is reporting its first influenza detection of the 2017-2018 season, a Lawrence County resident in the 20-29 age group confirmed with influenza A.

October 13, 2017 | Infectious Disease

Hamlin County Resident First WNV Death Of Season

The Department of Health today reported a Hamlin 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 25, 2017 | Infectious Disease