User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

22° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



 Winter Weather for November 26, 2015

SkyCam Network

Severe Weather

State Radar

Available on iOS and Android

Send photos to

Storm Center Update



[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


SD Reports First West Nile Death Since 2007

August 6, 2012, 11:48 AM

SD Reports First West Nile Death Since 2007

A Hughes County resident has died from West Nile Virus.

The death is the first one in South Dakota since 2007.  The patient is said to be in the 80 to 89 age group.

"This unfortunate death is a sad reminder that those over age 50 are at higher risk for West Nile complications," State Epidemiologist for the Department of Health Dr. Lon Kightlinger said in a statement.

Thirteen South Dakota counties have reported West Nile Virus cases this summer.  There have been nine human cases, seven positive blood donors, one positive horse, one positive bird and 34 positive mosquito pools. 

Since its first case in 2002, South Dakota has reported more than 1,700 human cases and 27 deaths.

The Department of Health recommends people take the following precautions to prevent mosquito bites:

  • 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.
  • Personal 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.  

Visit the South Dakota Department of Health website for more West Nile Virus prevention.


Previous Story

Next Story



View healthbeat

You may also like

Avera, DAKOTACARE Agree To Merger

11/19/2015 6:06 PM

Despite the merger, officials emphasize the thousands of Avera Health Plan and Dakotacare members won't notice a difference once the ownership off...

Full Story | Watch
Two Offices Battle To Lose Weight During The Holiday

11/24/2015 6:10 PM

Workers at both companies are weighing in before the holidays and then will get their weight checked again in January.

Full Story | Watch
The Struggles Behind Rural Health Care

11/20/2015 6:19 PM

Vis says the rural clinic is also essential for moms of young children, but now more than ever, the rural healthcare system is struggling.

Full Story | Watch
Adults Need Vaccinations, Too

11/23/2015 12:09 PM

The CDC recommends a booster shot for everyone between the ages of 19 and 65.

Full Story
The Pros And Cons Of Probiotics

11/25/2015 6:15 PM

"I think people are becoming more aware of the extent of beneficial bacteria in their GI tract," Butler said.

Full Story | Watch