YORK CO., SC (WJZY) - York County announced Tuesday, June 7 they have received confirmation from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control of a positive test result of West Nile Virus from their routine mosquito surveillance program.
So far, no human or animal infections have been confirmed in York County this season.
Officials said this is not an uncommon occurrence, as York County typically experiences positive cases of West Nile in the mosquito population during mosquito season.
The West Nile Virus has been found in 46 of the 50 US States for many years, officials said.
The virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Officials said the signs and symptoms of the West Nile Virus are similar to the flu. Those most susceptible to the virus are the elderly, young, and immune-depressed people; 70 to 80 percent of infected individuals never notice the effects of the virus.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites:
- Reduce the numbers of adult mosquitoes around your home
- Drain, fill or eliminate sites that have standing water
- Empty or throw away container that have standing water
- Use air-conditioning or make sure that you repair and use window/door screens
- Most bites occur during dawn, dusk, twilight hours, and night