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Pennington County Resident South Dakota’s First Flu Death Of Season
A Pennington County resident in the 60-69 age group is South Dakota’s first influenza death of the 2018–2019 season, the Department of Health reported today. To protect patient confidentiality, additional information about the deceased is not being released.

South Dakota Patient Under Investigation for Acute Flaccid Myelitis
The South Dakota Department of Health is investigating the first person reported with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the state this year. The individual under investigation is a young adult and experienced a mild respiratory illness with fever prior to developing muscle weakness, for which they were hospitalized.

Pertussis Cases Rise In South Dakota
Recent reports of community increases in pertussis have the Department of Heath reminding parents to make sure their kids are appropriately immunized.

Health Department Investigates Legionnaires’ disease increase
The South Dakota Department of Health is investigating 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease that have been reported in people who reside or traveled to Sioux Falls. All 14 cases were hospitalized and 1 died. The patients are ages 36-80 years, with a median age of 57 years.