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State Epidemiologist Says West Nile Detected In SD


Health officials are encouraging South Dakotans to protect themselves from West Nile Virus. 


The state Department of Health has detected the first human case of the virus so far this mosquito season. The department says the case is a man in his 60s from Walworth County. 


Josh Clayton is the state epidemiologist. He says it’s important to take precautions against mosquito bites. 


“It's a good idea, you know, those long sleeve long pants, applying mosquito repellent, things that contain things like DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.” Clayton says,  “Those that have been known in the laboratory to repel mosquitoes and do a good job of it are just a few examples of how you can minimize your risk of West Nile virus.” 


Clayton says people should contact their doctor or go to the emergency room if they experience severe flu-like symptoms after getting a mosquito bite. 


For more information on West Nile Virus, go to  


This story comes from a recent interview on SDPB's weekday radio program, "In the Moment." Listen to the full interview below.