West Nile virus diagnosed in Union County SC

the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed that a case of the West Nile virus was diagnosed in Union County.

While the method of contraction is undetermined, Union County officials are following recommended DHEC procedures to reduce the chance of spreading the illness:

  • Spraying for adult mosquitoes;
  • Removing standing water from wastewater areas, bird baths, old tires, or any container;
  • Treating mosquito larvae;
  • Conducting door-to-door visits to inform and assist residents with finding mosquito breeding areas.

Individuals should pay attention to the most effective ways to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses:

  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.
  • Ensure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.
  • Wear light-colored clothing that covers the skin to reduces the risk of bites.