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Brown County Resident First WNV Death Of Season
The Department of Health reported today a Brown County resident died of West Nile virus (WNV) associated causes, the state's first WNV related death this season. The individual was in the 80 to 89 age group.

West Nile Virus Risk Increasing
The West Nile virus (WNV) season is under way with human or mosquito detections in 11 counties across the state, the state Health Department reported today.

SD Department of Health Observes World Breastfeeding Week
Aug. 1 through Aug. 7, South Dakota joins other states and countries around the globe in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme, “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life”, focuses on breastfeeding as a universal solution to improve the health and well-being of women and children.

Remember Food Safety During Summer Months
Keep the unwelcome guest of foodborne illness from making an appearance at family reunions or summer gatherings with some simple food safety tips.

Health Department Awards $500,000 For Mosquito Control
More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $499,767 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

First Human West Nile Virus Detection Reported
A Todd County blood donor is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) detection of the season, the state Health Department reported today. The person is in the 30 to 39 age group.

Prevent Tick-Borne Illness
Head outdoors and enjoy the spring weather this Memorial Day weekend but keep an eye out for ticks to prevent tularemia and other tick-borne diseases, says a state health official.

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective June 1, 2018.