Local cities and towns receive grants for mosquito control

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More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $500,000 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile Virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced on Tuesday.

In Kingsbury County, De Smet will receive $1,846, Lake Preston, $1,521; Oldham, $716 ; and Arlington, $1,204.

“South Dakota has a disproportionately high number of WNV cases when compared to other states. Local mosquito control efforts play a vital role in protecting our communities,” said Bill Chalcraft, administrator of public health preparedness and response for the Department of Health.

All applying communities received funding, with grants ranging from $500 to $20,000. Grant awards were based on the population of the applying jurisdiction and its history of human WNV cases and 46 deaths. Every county has reported cases.

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