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The 75th Medical Group created this infographic about how to take precautions against West Nile Virus.
The 75th Medical Group created this infographic about how to take precautions against West Nile Virus.
75th Medical Group Public Health at Hill Air Force Base in Utah
June 16, 2017

West Nile Virus Strikes in South Dakota for First Time in 2017

The South Dakota Department of Health released a statement saying the first case of West Nile Virus for 2017 was found in a man over 60 in Davison county reports the Rapid City Journal

Dr. Lon Kightlinger, epidemiologist for the SD Department of Health, says that in severe cases the virus can cause a stiff neck, confusion, paralysis, a coma, or even death if the virus invades the spinal cord.  Kightlinger says that South Dakota has a high number of cases involving West Nile Virus.  Since 2002, 2,359 human cases have been reported. 

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