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Dakota Midday: West Nile Virus Returns For Another Summer

CDC/Jim Gathany

The state health department is reporting the first West Nile virus detection case of the season. It was detected in a mosquito pool in Meade County last week.

Since its first human West Nile virus case in 2002, South Dakota has reported 2,168 human cases and nearly 700 hospitalizations with 32 deaths. In 2013 there were 149 human cases of West Nile with three deaths. Last year 57 cases were reported.

We’re now entering the peak transmission season of West Nile, which continues through early September.  Dr. Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the Department of Health, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the West Nile virus and prevention.

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