YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - Insecticide will be sprayed in Rock Hill Wednesday after a citizen tested positive for West Nile Monday, York County officials said.
Emergency leaders announced the confirmed case at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. They said it is not uncommon for a person to contract the virus, but it is worrisome when a person is infected and the mosquito population is carrying the virus as well.
The Department of Health and Environment Control monitors the mosquito population through traps located throughout the state. Local leaders say DHEC confirmed that mosquitos in the same area of Rock Hill are carrying the West Nile virus.
Local leaders said since both situations were reported in the Oakdale neighborhood of Rock Hill, they decided to spray the area with an insecticide known as Aqua-Reslin.
A one-mile radius of the Oakdale Fire Station on Saluda Road was set to be sprayed between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday. Gregory Pest Control will be spraying the area again around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
"Those with honey bees, organic gardens and just general concerns about being exposed to a mosquito spray, we obviously ask them to be indoors and protect their hives," Emergency Management Director of York County Chukh Haynes said.
There are three Rock Hill schools located within the radius that will be sprayed. Those schools include South Pointe High School, Oakdale Elementary School and Saluda Trail Middle School.
"We would encourage everyone to monitor their own homes and properties for standing water in those areas so you can eliminate the breeding grounds for that," Rock Hill City Manager Jimmy Bagley said.
Piedmont Medical Center doctors say the concern for West Nile virus is mostly in elderly people. However, if you have flu-like symptoms and have been bitten by a mosquito in the last 15 days, it is important to get tested.