South Dakota Health Department Announces Mosquito Control Grant Program

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The South Dakota Department of Health announced today that it will award matching funds to city, county, and tribal governments to purchase chemicals and equipment for local control programs.

Since 2004, as part if its West Nile Virus (WNV) response, the state has awarded more than $1.89 million to cities, counties and tribes across the state for mosquito control.

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New, startup programs are eligible for both chemical and equipment funding. Control programs that have received grants in previous years of the program are only eligible for chemical funding. Cooperative applications are encouraged and will receive additional points in the review process.

Complete details about the mosquito control grant program can be found on the Department of Health website at www.state.sd.us. The site includes the application form, a listing of approved equipment and chemicals, and other resources. Questions can also be directed to the department's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.

The department will accept applications April 1-30, 2007.

South Dakota's first case of human WNV was reported in 2002. Since then, 1,469 cases and 20 deaths have been reported in the state.

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