You Can’t Get COVID From Mosquitoes

19 hours ago
SDSU Extension

Mosquito Season is nearly upon us. The good news? You can’t get COVID from Mosquitoes.

“There is currently zero evidence that suggests you can get COVID-19 from a mosquito bite,” says Amanda Bachmann.

Amanda Bachmann is the Pesticide Education and Urban Entomology Field Specialist for SDSU Extension. West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, Bachmann says extensive research into other corona viruses, like SARS have researchers saying COVID-19 cannot be transmitted by mosquitoes or other insects.

A South Dakota resident is fighting the Zika virus.  The Centers for Disease Control reports the victim was infected by a mosquito bite while traveling in the Tropics. 

The state’s first case of Zika is an unidentified woman who was not in South Dakota when she became infected.  South Dakota State Epidemiologist, Doctor Lon Kightlinger, says we’re a good distance from any mosquito that would spread the virus through its bite.

Erin Mairose

The Sioux Falls Health Department is monitoring for the presence of mosquitoes that could transmit the Zika Virus. The city has three new traps designed to attract species of mosquitoes known to carry the Zika virus. Denise Patton is with the Sioux Falls Health Department. She says the city doesn’t expect to catch anything unusual. But in case a new mosquito is introduced into the state, they want to be the first to know.

Researchers at SDSU want to better predict the risk for West Nile Virus in the state. They’re using maps from NASA to help forecast what the season might look like.


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May 9, 2016

South Dakota officials are keeping an eye out for the Zika virus this summer. The state’s epidemiologist says residents don’t have to worry about it at home, but should be mindful if they travel to some places.


Dept. Of Health Offers Mosquito Control Grants

Mar 15, 2016

Many in South Dakota welcome the arrival of spring and summer. But the season can also bring swarms of pesky mosquitoes. The State Department of Health awards grants funding to help local governments control mosquito populations and prevent West Nile virus.  

South Dakota’s West Nile epidemic peaked back in 2003. Since then, the number of West Nile cases has decreased from over 1,000 to 40 reported illnesses last year.

Lon Kightlinger is the state epidemiologist. He says mosquito control programs and grant funding help reduce the number of West Nile cases each year.