SD has second West Nile virus death of the year
PIERRE (AP) -- State health officials say a second person has died in South Dakota from the West Nile virus this year.
He or she was a Tripp County resident in their 80s.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger told KELO-TV this is one of the most serious seasons in years.
He says that while fewer people are contracting the mosquito-borne virus, those who do are sicker than patients in previous years.
Kightlinger says 62 percent of those infected with West Nile have been hospitalized because of their symptoms -- more than twice the rate in an average year.
The first death of the year was a Turner County resident in their 70s.