Health Department awards nearly $500,000 for mosquito control

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(KSFY) - The State Health Department is doling out nearly half a million dollars in grants to control mosquitoes and control the spread of the West Nile Virus.

More than 200 communities, counties, and tribes will share the $499,767 in grants, according to Department of Health administrator of public health preparedness Bill Chalcraft.

All applying communities received funding, with grants ranging from $300 to $20,000. Grant awards were based on the population of the applying jurisdiction and its history of human WNV cases through 2017.

Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Aberdeen each received the maximum award of $20,000. You can find the full list of grants here.

Chalcraft says since its first human WNV case in 2002, the state has reported 2,432 human cases, including 778 hospitalizations and 42 deaths. Every county has reported cases.

This season South Dakota reported its first human WNV case in a blood donor from Todd County earlier this month.