Health Department: West Nile virus detected in Brown County

Courtesy: MGN Online

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Health says the state's first West Nile virus detection this season is a mosquito pool in Brown County.

State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says the detection means the virus is here and being transmitted. The first detection last year was in Meade County.

People can reduce their risk by using insect repellent, limiting time outdoors, covering up with long pants and shirts and getting rid of standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

Symptoms of West Nile include fever, headache, body aches and rash.

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