South Dakota has 1st human West Nile virus case of the year

Posted June 26, 2017

Following a Zika virus outbreak in Brazil in 2015, an unusual increase in cases of microcephaly (babies born with abnormally small skulls and neurological damage) was observed in areas where outbreaks were reported.

The National Weather Service expects OR to be hit with hotter-than-usual temperatures this summer, said Gerald Macke, a weather specialist.

A heavy mosquito season increases the chance that OR will have more cases of West Nile virus.

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Summertime is prime time for mosquito borne illnesses like West Nile Virus.

This is the first year that OR has had the ability to test the insects, thanks to a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No local human cases have been reported. Stagnant water sitting in buckets, clogged rainspouts, toys, boats, unattended swimming pools, etc. can quickly become breeding grounds for mosquitos.

The Winnebago County Health Department says a mosquito pool in the Roscoe area has tested positive for West Nile Virus. "We can do this by eliminating opportunities for mosquitoes to breed and multiply, and by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites". Regularly change water in bird baths, outside pet dishes, and drain water from flower pots and garden containers.

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Residents may visit to subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for upcoming mosquito treatments by zip code.

 When outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. DEFEND yourself by using an effective insect repellent.

Make sure all windows and door screens are hole-less.

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