YORK COUNTY, SC - Officials in York County are alerting residents to get tested for the West Nile Virus if they've been sick after a recent mosquito bite. This comes after the county's first confirmed human case of the year. That patient is expected to be okay.
“Certainly the local health department is available to run tests. So if you've been bitten by a mosquito in the last five to 15 days, and you have flulike symptoms, those are the types of situations where you want to make sure you get it checked to see what it is,” said Jimmy Bagley, Deputy City Manager in Rock Hill.
The virus is transmitted through mosquitoes. Officials plan to spray a chemical that treats the problem around Saluda Road in Rock Hill. It's the only place they know of in the area where mosquitoes are carrying the virus. The area is near three schools.
Officials said mosquitoes carrying the virus in the county isn't new, but with a recent confirmed human case of West Nile, it's important to take the additional safety measure of treating the impacted area.
Officials suggest wearing long sleeves, using mosquito repellant and getting rid of any standing water.
You can see the live video from Tuesday's press conference below, or by clicking here.