Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

Last year 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County

For their part, SC DHEC says the only reported case of West Nile in South Carolina this year has been in the Pee Dee region after a person became sick with the virus. The following year, the first human cases and deaths were reported. DEP West Nile virus program staff have conducted multiple operations to reduce mosquito habitats from tire piles and other areas. However, if you do see symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, body aches or skin rash, seek medical attention.

Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

- When possible, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts while outside.

"Control operations are a strong tool, but they are not a substitute for preventive measures like eliminating standing, stagnant water", Helwig said. However, the virus can be spread across people via mosquito bites but does not spread from person to person.

Stay inside when mosquitoes are active.

Kwit said healthy people might have come in contact with the West Nile Virus and might not even know it.

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About one in 150 people infected with West Nile virus will develop severe illness.

Be sure to use insect repellent whenever going outdoors.

West Nile Virus affects humans, equines, and birds. The virus is life-threatening for the elderly. Fortunately, most people infected with West Nile virus develop the less severe form of the disease or develop no symptoms at all.

The Indiana State Department of Health says the human case was confirmed Monday in Vanderburgh County and that 168 mosquito samples in 27 Indiana counties have tested positive for the virus.

MS reported 63 West Nile cases and two deaths in 2017.

"There is no direct treatment for the virus in horses, but vaccination is highly effective in preventing disease". Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children younger than 2 months.

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