Dupree is one of more than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes that will share in nearly a half a million dollar in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent the spread of West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced this week.
All applying communities received funding, with grants ranging from $450 to $20,000. Grant awards were based on the population of the applying jurisdiction and its history of human WNV cases through 2015.
Since the state’s first human case in 2002, South Dakota has reported 2,208 cases, including 696 hospitalizations and 32 deaths. Every county has reported cases. This season South Dakota reported its human WNV case, a Minnehaha County resident, on June 24.
Including this latest round of grants, the state has provided local mosquito control programs with more than $6.5 million in support, in either direct grant funding or control chemicals, since the virus emerged in South Dakota.
Dupree will receive $2,050 to help with the control of mosquitoes.