South Dakota is reporting its first death from West Nile Virus in 2013.
The Department of Health says a Turner County resident between 70 and 79 died from the virus.
The state has had 52 WNV cases in people this summer and it's been found in 32 South Dakota counties.
The health department says people need to take action to prevent mosquito bites. Suggestions include:
- Use mosquito repellents (DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535) and limit exposure by covering up.
- Limit time outdoors from dusk to midnight when Culex mosquitoes are most active.
- Get rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed.
- Support local mosquito control efforts.
- Precautions are especially important for those at high risk for WNV - people over 50, pregnant women, transplant patients, individuals with diabetes or high blood pressure, and those with a history of alcohol abuse. People with severe or unusual headaches should see their physicians.
Find more prevention information on the Department of Health website.