A case of the West Nile virus has just been confirmed in York County.
Officials have not released the name of the infected person, or where exactly they were bit, but they have announced they will be spraying mosquite pesticide within a one-mile radius of the intersection of Mills Ln. and North Sutton Rd. in Fort Mill’s Baxter Village.
A commercial pesticide will be sprayed in an “ultra low-volume manner” using one ounce of product per acre, according York County officials. They will be using Gregory Pest Solutions to spray around Baxter Village using a truck-mounted sprayer.
The spraying will start at about 8 p.m. on Oct. 22 and is expected to finished up the morning of the 23rd.
The pesticide that will be used is reportedly not harmful to people, pets, other insects or gardens (unless you have an organic garden).
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has officially confirmed 17 human cases of West Nile virus in the state of South Carolina.
“Most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms. About one in five people infected becomes ill within two to 14 days with symptoms including fever, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, and occasionally nausea and vomiting. Often they experience sensitivity to light and inflammation of the eyelids. Some may have a rash,” according to SCDHEC.
They also released the following video about the disease in South Carolina:
Besides the commercial spraying around Baxter Village, health officials are also recommending that residents of York County help reduce the mosquito population by spraying any standing water and wet areas of their yards with natural mosquito repellant.