Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in 5 South Dakota counties


West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in five South Dakota counties as well as in blood donations in four other counties.

State epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton says mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus have been found in Stanley, Beadle, Brown, Brookings and Minnehaha counties.

Dakota Radio Group reports the virus has been detected in blood donations from four counties, including Hand, Faulk, Potter and Todd counties.

Clayton is also reminding people to take steps to reduce their exposure to mosquitoes. He says just because West Nile Virus hasn’t been detected where you live, doesn’t mean it’s not there.