Local

SD Has First West Nile Virus Death Of The Year

SD Has First West Nile Virus Death Of The Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has its first West Nile virus death of the year.

The state Health Department says the Turner County resident was between 70 and 79 years old. Officials did not identify the person, citing patient confidentiality.

South Dakota has had 52 confirmed human cases of West Nile so far this year. Since 2002 the state has reported more than 2,000 cases, with 30 deaths, including three last year and the one this year.

State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says people should protect themselves from virus-carrying mosquitoes through measures such as using insect repellents and eliminating standing water where the bugs can breed.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Chamberlain Woman Injured In Car Accident

ambulance

Heather LeGault suffered minor injuries in the Tuesday night crash.

in Local

Daugaard To Review Decriminalization Of Marijuana In SD

daugaard

At least two possible ballot measures in 2016 deal with marijuana.

in Local

New Rural Mitchell Fire District Passes

fire truck

The election was held on Tuesday.

in Local

Martinez Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Stemming From Accident

courtroom

The June crash killed one Mitchell teenager.