Officials confirm 18th Zika case in SC this year

- The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control have confirmed another travel-associated case of Zika virus in a person who traveled outside of York County.

This is now the eighteenth case reported in the state of South Carolina this year.

None of the cases in SC are not carrying the virus. They were acquired due to travel outside of the U.S.

READ: West Nile Virus found in York County mosquitoes

County officials are working with SCDHEC to ensure the safety of York County citizens by continuing surveillance programs for Zika and West Nile and identifying areas for mosquito control.

The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, muscle pain and headaches.
Many people infected with Zika virus won't have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The best way to prevent spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses is to eliminate their breeding grounds.

Key ways to protect yourself from mosquito bites are reducing the number of adult mosquitoes around your home, drain, fill or eliminate sites that have standing water, empty containers that have standing water, keep mosquitoes outside, use window/door screens, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and avoid mosquitoes.

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