South Dakota Reports First Human West Nile Case Of 2007

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West Nile Virus

Department of Health reported South Dakota's first West Nile virus detection of the year, a Hanson County resident in the 30 to 39 age group.

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In 2006, the first human case was reported June 24 and a total of 113 cases and three deaths were reported for the year.

"Seventy percent of South Dakotans say they take precautions again WNV during the summer," said Dr. Lon Kightlinger, State Epidemiologist for the department. "Unfortunately, people who are at highest risk, the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions are less likely to take precautions than those at lower risk."

The department recommends the following personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the risk of WNV:

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