Thursday, January 23, 2020

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Area entities receive community mosquito control grants



PHOTO COURTESY OF KSFY

PHOTO COURTESY OF KSFY

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.