Health Department Awards $500,000 In Community Mosquito Control Grants

More than 180 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $490,371 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus.

All applying communities received funding, with grants ranging from $750 to $20,000.

Grant awards were based on the population of the applying jurisdiction and its history of human WNV cases through 2014.

Since the state’s first human case in 2002, South Dakota has reported 2,168 cases, including 677 hospitalizations and 32 deaths.

Including this latest round of grants, the state has provided local mosquito control programs with more than $6 million in support, in either direct grant funding or control chemicals, since the virus emerged in South Dakota.