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Health Department Awards $500,000 for mosquito control

PIERRE -- More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $499,854 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV) the Department of Health announced Monday.

PIERRE - More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $499,854 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV) the Department of Health announced Monday.

All applying communities received funding with grants ranging from $450 to $20,000. Grant awards were based on the population of the applying jurisdiction and its history of human WNV cases through 2015.

Since the state's first human case in 2002. South Dakota has reported 2,308 cases, including 696 hospitalizations and 32 deaths. Every county has reported cases. This season South Dakota reported its human WNV case, a Minnehaha County resident on June 24.

Including this latest round of grants, the state has provided local mosquito control programs with more than $6.5 million in support in either direct grant funding or control chemicals, since the virus emerged in South Dakota.

The following area cities, counties and tribes received grants: Alexandria, $2,236; Armour, $2,052; Artesian, $1,862; Avon, $941; Bon Homme County, $1,000; Bridgewater, $940; Canistota, $1,497; Carthage, $936; Cavour, $800; Chamberlain, $2,624; Colome, $1,000; Corsica, $2,051; Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, $3,500; Dallas, $936; Dante, $1,121; Delmont, $1,677; Dimock, $1,306; Douglas County, $3,539; Emery, $1,309; Ethan, $1,493; Farmer, $450; Freeman, $1,000; Geddes, $1,492; Gregory, $1,503; Howard, $2,000; Kennebec, $1,500; Kimball, $1,682; Lake Andes, $2,794; Letcher, $2,602; Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, $5,381; Menno, $1,311; Mount Vernon: $2,235; Oacoma, $1,125; Parkston, $2,060; Pickstown, $937; Plankinton, $1,497; Platte, $1,687; Presho, $1,865; Pukwana, $2,048; Ravinia, $1,121; Reliance, $752; Salem, $1,873; Scotland, $1,313; Springfield, $955; Stickney, $1,123; Tabor, $2,049; Tripp, $1,126; Tyndall, $1,131; Waghner, $2,500; Wessington springs, $1,685; White Lake, $1,309; Winner, $4,664; Woonsocket, $2,500.

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