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More South Dakota counties confirm West Nile cases

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The potentially deadly West Nile Virus has now been found in 25 South Dakota Counties.

So far, West Nile Virus has been confirmed in 41 people in South Dakota and almost half of those people were hospitalized. 15 of those people were blood donors who had no idea they were carriers. One person died earlier in August as a result of contracting West Nile Virus encephalitis.

To prevent mosquito bites and reduce the risk of WNV, the Department of Health recommends the following personal precautions:

  • Use mosquito repellents (DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535) and limit     exposure by covering up.
  • Limit time outdoors from dusk to midnight when Culex mosquitoes are most active.
  • Get rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed.
  • Support local mosquito control efforts.

Click here to see where West Nile is prevalent in South Dakota.

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