South Dakota officials have confirmed the state's first West Nile death.
The South Dakota Department of Health released new information that a man from Turner County in his 70's has died as a result of West Nile Virus. And health officials hope residents will take this as a warning.
South Dakota currently has the highest number of confirmed cases of West Nile in the U.S. We also have a higher than usual number of virus carrying mosquitoes around.
But, there are a number of ways you can protect yourself:
- Use mosquito repellents with DEET in it and limit outside skin exposure by covering up.
- Limit time outdoors from dusk to midnight. That’s when mosquitoes are most active.
- Get rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed.
- Support local mosquito control efforts.
Health officials suggest continuing to protect yourself with bug spray until the end of September. They say better safe than sorry.