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Thursday
Aug092018

County to Spray Area of Reported West Nile Virus Again Friday

Anderson County will begin a second round of mosquito spraying Friday evening (weather-permitting). The spraying will take place within a one-mile radius area of Hwy 178 and Rice Park Drive. This area was previously sprayed due to the discovery of a bird that tested positive for the West Nile virus approximately three weeks ago. 

At this time, there are no confirmed human cases of the disease and no additional infected birds have been found in the county; however, out of an abundance of caution and in line with DHEC-prescribed action, the Emergency Management Division continues mitigation and abatement efforts to eradicate the mosquito population in the affected area.

Immediately after the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed the case, emergency management worked with the City of Anderson to implement mitigation and abatement efforts to reduce mosquito infestation near the affected individual’s residence.

At this time, there are no confirmed human cases of the disease and no additional infected birds have been found in the county; however, out of an abundance of caution and in line with DHEC-prescribed action, the Emergency Management Division continues mitigation and abatement efforts to eradicate the mosquito population in the affected area.

Residents are reminded of the most effective ways to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile Virus:

  • Repellents help keep mosquitoes from biting. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.
  • 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, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.
  • Wearing light-colored clothing to cover the skin reduces the risk of bites.

For additional information regarding the West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses, as well as other important tips, vist AndersonCountyES on Facebook or visit the following websites:

https://emd.andersonsheriff.org/west-nile-virus

http://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/Insects/Mosquitoes/

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