DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina's Department of Health (DHEC) confirmed a new human case of West Nile virus has been identified in Dorchester Co. on Wednesday.
According to DHEC officials, four cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed in humans in South Carolina so far this year.
In addition to the Dorchester Co. case, two cases have been reported in Richland Co. and one in Horry Co. as of Sept. 7.
On Aug. 22, Joint Base Charleston officials reported mosquito samples taken from the Charleston Naval Weapons Station tested positive for West Nile virus.
DHEC officials said West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in multiple locations throughout the state. The disease is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected after feeding on infected bird.
DHEC recommends residents 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. Repellents help keep mosquitoes from biting.
- Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure.
- Exposure to mosquitoes is most common during the early morning. Some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas. Avoid exposure during these times and in these areas. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.
- Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.
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