South Dakota has first West Nile virus case of the year - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

South Dakota has first West Nile virus case of the year

Posted: Updated: Jun 27, 2014 12:52 PM

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota has its first confirmed case of West Nile virus this year.

The state Health Department says the case is in a Hughes County resident who is in his or her 20s. The person was not hospitalized.

State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger is reminding people to protect themselves from the virus, which is spread by mosquitoes. Since 2002, the state has documented more than 2,000 West Nile cases and 32 deaths.

People can reduce their risk of getting the virus by using insect repellant, limiting time outdoors and getting rid of standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KSFY. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service or our EEO Report.