West Nile virus confirmed in South Carolina

South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed last week that mosquitoes were carrying West Nile virus in Beaufort County. The report was released by the DHEC with precautions on how to avoid mosquitoes, as well as consequences of contracting the virus.

“The mosquito that carries this virus is usually active at night, but can also be active at dusk and dawn and in shady areas during the day,” Evans said. “As the state’s public health agency, we partner with cities and counties across the state to help trap and identify mosquitoes carrying diseases that can be spread to humans.”

The DHEC recommends seeing a doctor if there is a chance you might have the virus.

Here is what the website says about the virus:

What are the symptoms of West Nile virus disease?

  • No symptoms in most people. Most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.
  • Febrile illness in some people. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.
  • Severe symptoms in a few people. Less than 1% of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis.
    *This information was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/genquestions.html.