Another case of West Nile virus confirmed in Upstate

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LAURENS Co., SC (WSPA) – Another West Nile virus was confirmed Wednesday afternoon in the Upstate. Laurens County officials will be conducting precautionary spraying for mosquitos in the Northern quadrant of the county.

Officials ask that you eliminate sources of standing water on your property including flowerpots, gutters, birdbaths or old car tires.

With Hurricane Florence dumping a lot of extra water on South Carolina, officials are preparing for more cases to come. Bon Secours St. Francis health professionals tell 7News the wet conditions create the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes which carry the virus.

But there is not an efficient way for the counties to prevent the breeding. When a case is confirmed they spray to kill mosquitoes in a one mile radius around the case, but it’s too costly for the state to afford preventative spraying for such a rare virus.

So with more bus flying make sure you are doing everything you can to prevent being bite.

“If you are going to be outdoors make sure you wear long sleeves, something cool enough since its still hot outside and are using a very good bug spray with deet in it because that will help you in being bite by mosquitoes,” said Taylor McKeowen who is a nurse practitioner with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.

DHEC confirms to 7News that there have been seven confirmed human cases this year in the state with five being in the Upstate.

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