Person infected with West Nile Virus in Greenwood, city officials say

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GREENWOOD, SC (WSPA) – City of Greenwood officials said a person has been infected with a case of West Nile Virus.

According to the City of Greenwood’s Facebook page, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control notified them of a positive West Nile Virus case near the middle of the city limits.

On Friday, the Greenwood city manager confirmed a person was infected with the virus. He said the city is now following DHEC’s protocols. 

“DHEC asked that we look for a one mile radius around the area, and so we will begin spraying this evening in a one-mile radius of the center of the city,” Charlie Barrineau, who is the city manager in Greenwood. 

He said the case occurred in the center of town, but officials aren’t releasing an exact location. The areas being sprayed for mosquitos include downtown, the Lander University Campus, and the mill village.

Trucks are going street to street, spaying chemicals from front-mounted foggers.

They sprayed from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and will spray again Saturday from 6 to 8 a.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

Barrineau said it’s recommended that residents go inside during the spraying, but people and pets will be okay if they are outside during it. South Carolina has had two human cases of West Nile this year as of August 21, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Only about 5 percent of people who contract the virus experience symptoms, according to DHEC.

Officials are urging residents to get rid of standing water in their yards to prevent mosquitos from continuing to spread.

For more on the city’s mosquito control program, click here.

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