Case Of West Nile Virus Confirmed In York County

ROCK HILL, SC — Mosquito control efforts will soon be underway in Rock Hill after officials say a resident contracted the West Nile virus.

The case was confirmed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) on Friday. Officials say the person is a resident of Rock Hill.

York County Emergency Management is working with DHEC to implement mosquito control measures within a 1-mile radius of Hampton Street, East Moore Street and Whitner Street.

Officials say contractors will use a truck mounted sprayer within that area to distribute a product called Envion RTU. The product is not harmful to humans, pets, other insects and gardens, according to officials, but it is not recommended to be directly in the path of the spray. Beekeepers are also advised to cover their hives Friday night in preparation for the spray.

The sprayers will start around 2am on Saturday, September 7th and could take about four to five hours to complete.

DHEC also asks residents to eliminate any areas of standing water, use insect repellant, keep skin covered, and keep doors and windows closed to help limit mosquito exposure.

Most people infected with the West Nile virus do not exhibit any symptoms, according to the DHEC website, and the risk of serious illness is low. More information on the virus, including symptoms, treatment and prevention, can be found HERE.

For any questions or concerns regarding the mosquito control spraying effort, please call 803-325-2500.