PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting the season’s first West Nile virus detections in mosquito pools in Brookings and Hughes counties.
In 2012, the first positive mosquito pool was detected July 2 and the first human case was reported July 13.
State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says it might be tempting to be complacent about West Nile, but he warns that it can be a serious, even fatal illness. He says residents should protect themselves by using repellents, limiting exposure and getting rid of mosquito breeding spots.
Those at high risk for complications include people over 50, pregnant women, transplant patients and those with diabetes, high blood pressure or a history of alcohol abuse.
South Dakota since 2002 has reported more than 2,000 West Nile cases, including 29 deaths.
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