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Brown, Beadle, and Minnehaha Counties Mosquito Pool First West Nile Detection of Season

The South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed the first West Nile virus (WNV) mosquito pools have been detected in Brown, Beadle, and Minnehaha Counties.

July 11, 2023 | Infectious Disease

2023 West Nile Virus Awards

The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to announce 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 2023. These grants have been allocated to support local efforts in controlling mosquito populations and reducing the risk of WNV transmission.

First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2023 Reported in Sanborn County

Today, the South Dakota Department of Health confirmed the first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the 2023 season in a resident of Sanborn County. South Dakota has reported more than 2,750 human cases and 49 deaths since WNV was first reported in 2002.

June 23, 2023 | Infectious Disease

Health Department Announces Grants Available for Local Mosquito Control

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health 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) in their local communities.

May 1, 2023 | Infectious Disease

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