State health officials reported more West Nile-positive mosquito pools in Richland County this year than all other areas of the state combined.
As of August 15, 22 virus-positive pools were found in Richland County compared to 9 each in Greenville and Beaufort counties and 2 in York County, DHEC reported on its 2017 West Nile map. More birds in this area have tested positive for the virus as well.
Area governments have announced aggressive spraying campaigns to keep mosquito populations in check but citizens are encouraged to take responsibility for their own and their family’s health.
- Dump out free-standing water in flower pots, gutters, old tires. bird baths and other places water tends to pool to deny mosquitoes a breeding ground.
- Use mosquito repellents such as DEET, picardin, oil of lemon eucalytus or IR3535 as directed to keep them from biting.
- As hot and humid as it may be outside, long sleeves and pants are best to wear if you are going to be outside for an extended period of time.
- Most, but not all, mosquitoes are most active around dusk and dawn.
- Keep screens on doors and windows closed to keep mosquitoes from feasting on you in your home.
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There have not been any confirmed human cases of West Nile in the Midlands this year. On Monday, a resident in Rock Hill tested positive for the virus. In July, one case was confirmed in a resident of Beaufort County.