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SD Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile



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The first mosquitoes to have the West Nile Virus in South Dakota have been reported in Brookings and Hughes counties.

As of Friday, the state public health laboratory has tested 57 Culex mosquito pools from Brookings, Codington, Davison and Hughes counties and these are the first to test positive.

State Epidemiologist Dt. Lon Kightlinger says that this is the 12th year of West Nile transmission in South Dakota. Kightlinger stressed that West Nile can be a serious, even fatal disease.

Using mosquito repellents, limiting exposure and time outdoors from dusk to midnight, getting rid of standing water and supporting local mosquito control efforts can reduce the risk of catching West Nile.
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