West Nile cases continue to drop

West Nile cases continue to drop The Department of Health reported three more human West Nile cases Oct. 24. There have been a total of 1,038 cases and 12 deaths reported in South Dakota. Nationally 7,389 West Nile cases, including 155 deaths have been reported.

As the 2003 West Nile transmission season fades away all communities are encouraged to start planning local mosquito control programs for the 2004 season. The West Nile virus is now endemic in South Dakota. Personal protection and integrated mosquito controls are the primary means of preventing human disease. Integrated mosquito control methods include reducing standing waters where mosquitoes grow, killing larvae and killing adult mosquitoes by spraying.

For more information please go to the South Dakota West Nile Virus Web site, www.state.sd.us/doh/WestNile/.

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