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 westnile.sd.gov for prevention information and surveillance updates.