South Dakota's first West Nile death of season reported in Hamlin County

A culex pipiens mosquito on the hood of a car. According to the Allegheny County Health Department an elderly woman contracted West Nile Virus from a similar genus of mosquito in the region

A mosquito trap near Loveland Reservoir, which is east of US 287 northwest of downtown Berthoud, has produced a positive test for West Nile virus in the mosquitoes trapped there.

"The positive bird means that residents of Jackson County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites", Ellen Moldenhauer, Jackson County health officer, said.

State officials have confirmed the first West Nile virus related death in South Dakota of 2017.

State health officials say a case of West Nile virus has been found in northern SC. No residents were diagnosed with West Nile Virus last year, but from 2010 to 2015, two to four residents were diagnosed each year.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, although less than 1% of those infected become seriously ill.

Wear long-sleeved shirts, hats, long trousers, socks and shoes that cover the feet.

Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while you are outdoors.

Check and remove standing water from children's toys and playhouses left outside.

Even with the swimming season over, continue to chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor spas and hot tubs until properly winterized or drained for the season.

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