Monday, August 3, 2020

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Area entities receive community mosquito control grants



The CRST Prairie Management Program, City of Eagle Butte, and City of Dupree were part of more than 180 South Dakota cit­ies, counties and tribes that will share in $490,371 in grants from the South Dakota Department of Health, intended to control mos­quitoes and prevent the spread of West Nile virus (WNV)

All applying communities re­ceived funding, with grants rang­ing from $750 to $20,000. Grant awards were based on the popu­lation of the applying jurisdiction and its history of human WNV cases through 2014.

The CRST Prairie Manage­ment Program received $8,777, the City of Eagle Butte received $5,215, and the City of Dupree $2,239 from the Department of Health. Other nearby entities to receive funding included Tim­ber Lake with $2,450, Mobridge with $3,753, and Potter County received $4,801.

Since the state’s first human case in 2002, South Dakota has reported 2,168 cases, includ­ing 677 hospitalizations and 32 deaths. Every county has re­ported cases. This season South Dakota reported its first human WNV case on June 30, a Brown County resident in the 50 to 59 age group diagnosed with WNV fever. There has also been a positive mosquito pool in Meade County.

Including this latest round of grants, the state has provided lo­cal mosquito control programs with more than $ 6 million in support, in either direct grant funding or control chemicals, since the virus emerged in South Dakota.

See for preven­tion information and surveil­lance updates.