Over 200 cities, counties and tribes get mosquito grants

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The state Department of Health says over 200 cities, counties and tribes in South Dakota are sharing about $500,000 in grants for mosquito control and West Nile virus prevention.

The agency says all of the communities that applied got grants, which ranged from $450 to $20,000.

South Dakota in June had its first confirmed human case of West Nile virus this season.

The mosquito-borne virus was first confirmed in South Dakota in 2002. Since then, the state has reported 2,208 human cases, including 696 hospitalizations and 32 deaths.

South Dakota has provided over $6.5 million in support to local mosquito programs since West Nile virus emerged in the state.

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