State epidemiologist Joshua Clayton says South Dakotans need to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne virus, especially during evening outdoor activities such as Fourth of July fireworks shows.
· Wear protective clothing outdoors such as long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks. Health authorities recommend to apply an EPA-regulated insect repellent, along with other precautions such as avoiding being outdoors when mosquitoes are active.
Install or fix screens on windows and doors. Those who develop symptoms will commonly report fever, headache, body/joint aches or rash. Three people died from the disease in Bergen County which had the highest number of reported cases. About one out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.