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SD Has First Human West Nile Case Of 2013



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South Dakota has its first human case of the West Nile Virus.

The virus was detected in a person in the 10 to 19 age group from Buffalo County.

In June, three mosquito pools tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Brookings and Hughes County.  All of the positive pools were Culex tarsalis, the primary carrier of the virus in South Dakota.

The South Dakota Department of Health says that the West Nile Virus is especially dangerous in people over 50, pregnant women, transplant patients, individuals with diabetes or high blood pressure, and those with a history of alcohol abuse.
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