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State Distributes Mosquito Control Chemicals To 36 Flood Counties





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday,June 20, 2011
CONTACT: Doneen Hollingsworth, (605) 773-3361                   
 
State Distributes Mosquito Control Chemicals To 36 Flood Counties
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota counties with flood disaster declarations will get some state help with mosquito control, Gov.  Dennis Daugaard said today.
The Governor said state government is distributing $200,000 in mosquito control chemicals to 122 programs in the 36 counties with flood disaster declarations in place. Funding to purchase the chemicals comes from Department of Health general funds, the result of savings in its FY 2011 budget.
“Flooding conditions this year are extraordinary, and mosquito control will become increasingly important because flood waters are expected to remain well into the summer in many places,” Gov. Daugaard said. “This assistance will benefit local control programs that work to reduce mosquito numbers and cut the risk of West Nile Virus.”
Floodwater mosquitoes are typically nuisance mosquitoes and present a lower risk for WNV than the Culex tarsalis, which is the primary carrier of the virus in the state. Peak transmission of WNV in South Dakota occurs from mid-July through mid- September, but cases can also occur earlier.
The Department of Health is also enhancing its surveillance and laboratory testing for West Nile Virus, and the Department of Game, Fish and Parks will do mosquito surveillance and control (as needed) in state parks and recreation areas across South Dakota.
Gov. Daugaard urges South Dakotans to protect themselves from WNV by following these precautions:
 
·         Use mosquito repellent (DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535) and limit exposure by wearing appropriate clothes
·         Limit time outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
·         Eliminate places where mosquitoes breed. Get rid of old tires and other containers that accumulate water; regularly change water in bird baths and outside pet dishes, and drain water from flower pots and other garden containers.
“Mosquito control programs are important, but even the most effective program can’t get rid of every mosquito,” the Governor said. “I can’t stress enough how important it is that each of us take personal responsibility to protect ourselves by using repellent and limiting time outside when mosquitoes are active.”
South Dakota has reported more than 1,700 cases of human WNV, including 26 deaths, since the state’s first case in 2002.
The elderly, pregnant women, diabetics, transplant patients, individuals with high blood pressure, and those with a history of alcohol abuse should be especially mindful to take precautions. People with severe or unusual headaches should see their physicians.
For more information about West Nile, visit the state Health Department’s website, http://westnile.sd.gov.
A list of programs receiving mosquito control chemicals:
 
Flood Disaster
Declared County
Program Receiving
Control Chemicals
Flood Disaster
Declared County
Program Receiving
Control Chemicals
Aurora County
Plankinton
Stickney
White Lake
Hutchinson County
Freeman
Menno
Parkston
Tripp
Beadle County
Cavour
Huron
Iroquois
Wolsey
Yale
Hyde County
Highmore
Brookings County
Aurora
Brookings
Brookings County
Elkton
Volga
White
Jerauld County
Wessington Springs
Brown County
Aberdeen
Brown County
Claremont
Columbia
Frederick
Groton
Hecla
Stratford
Warner
Jackson County
Oglala Sioux Tribe
Buffalo County
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
Kingsbury County
Arlington
De Smet
Oldham
Butte County
Belle Fourche
Fruitdale
Newell
Nisland
Vale
Lake County
Madison
Nunda
Ramona
Wentworth
Clark County
Bradley
Clark
Clark County
Garden City
Naples
Vienna
Willow Lake
Marshall County
Britton
Langford
Marshall County
Veblen
Clay County
Vermillion
Miner County
Canova
Carthage
Howard
Codington County
Henry
Watertown
Moody County
Colman
Egan
Flandreau
Day County
Andover
Bristol
Waubay
Webster
Perkins County
Bison
Lemmon
Perkins County
Deuel County
Clear Lake
Deuel County
Gary
Potter County
Gettysburg
Lebanon
Potter County
Tolstoy
Edmunds County
Bowdle
Edmunds County
Hosmer
Ipswich
Roscoe
Roberts County
Corona
New Effington
Rosholt
Sisseton
Sisseton Wahpeton
Wilmot
Faulk County
Faulkton
Seneca
Sanborn County
Letcher
Woonsocket
Grant County
Grant County
Marvin
Milbank
Strandburg
Twin Brooks
Spink County
Brentford
Doland
Hitchcock
Northville
Redfield
Tulare
Hamlin County
Castelwood
Stanley County
Ft. Pierre
Hand County
Miller
St. Lawrence
Sully County
Onida
Hanson County
Alexandria
Emery
Farmer
Fulton
Hanson County
Union County
Beresford
Dakota Dunes
Elk Point
North Sioux City
Hughes County
Pierre
Yankton County
Irene
Lesterville
Yankton
Yankton County
 
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