West Nile found in 11 SD counties

The West Nile Virus (WNV) has been found in mosquitoes or humans in eleven South Dakota counties, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton. The West Nile season typically peaks during the first part of August. Clayton said people exposed to WNV can take one to two weeks to exhibit symptoms.

The best remedy for West Nile is prevention. Tips to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Wear insect repellent.
  • If using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first, then insect repellent.
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants.
  • Dump any standing water from pots, toys, pet bowls, buckets (mosquitoes lay eggs near water).
  • Avoid unnecessary outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most prevalent, such as at dawn, dusk and early evening.