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SD ranks third in number of West Nile cases in US

PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota has recorded the third-highest number of cases of West Nile virus in the country, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A total of 12 cases have been reported to the South Dakota Department of Health as of Tuesday. The state’s totals fall behind only California, which had 19 cases, and Arizona.

As recently as July 29, South Dakota was second in the nation, when the state reported nine cases of West Nile. But in the last week, Arizona residents experienced nine new cases. South Dakota had just three during the same period.

The first case of West Nile in South Dakota was reported in Hughes County in late June. Since then, two residents in Brown and Codington counties have been infected, while Beadle, Edmunds, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Lincoln and Marshall County have each recorded one case.

There have been no deaths this year as a result of infections in South Dakota, with the vast majority of people experiencing fever.