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City of Spartanburg confirms first human case of West Nile Virus

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Monday, October 16, 2017

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City of Spartanburg confirms first human case of West Nile Virus
The City of Spartanburg has been made aware of one confirmed human case of West Nile virus within the city limits.

The city reported it cannot be determined with certainty that the individual contracted the mosquito-borne infection in the City of Spartanburg, but is following recommendations from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent future cases of this illness.

The City has contracted with Gregory Pest Solutions and will be spraying Aqua-Reslin to kill adult mosquitos within a three-mile area on the city’s east side around the site of the reported case.

Aqua-Reslin poses no risk to people or pets, but beekeepers in the area will need to take precautions by moving hives before the insecticide is sprayed. Spraying is set to take place Wednesday at 8 p.m. and will only occur during nighttime hours.

While four out of five people infected with West Nile do not develop symptoms, flu-like symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash could be a sign of infection. Individuals showing those symptoms who have been bitten by a mosquito within the last 15 days should see a physician.

Additionally, individuals can take the following steps to help prevent infection from West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses:

• Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

• Avoid exposure during times when and in the places where mosquitoes are known to be active. Exposure to mosquitoes is most common at night and during the early morning. Some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas.

• Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.

• Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, clogged gutters, buckets, neglected swimming pools, plastic sheeting or tarps used to cover yard items, pool covers, wheelbarrows, children’s toys, birdbaths, old tires, rain gutters, pet bowls, and any other water-holding containers.

• Wear long-sleeved, light-colored clothing to cover the skin and reduce the risk of bites.

For more information about preventing mosquito bites and the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses visit here. For more information on West Nile virus visit here.

 

 

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