Case of West Nile virus confirmed in Rock Hill

Faith Castro
August 16, 2017

The Ashland County-City Health Department received the report from the State on August 9.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control alerted officials in Rock Hill that there is a confirmed case of West Nile virus in the city. About one in five people who are infected with the virus will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash, the county Health Department said.

DeKalb County is one of several where mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus, which means an increased risk of people contracting the virus, according to a news release.

It is the first positive mosquito pool for the season in Oxford County.

Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been found in the Kingston area for the first time since 2013.

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So far this summer, West Nile has been found in mosquitoes near Elm Street and Fuller Road in Hinsdale, in Western Springs, Westmont, the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve and six locations in Naperville.

She says if you want to protect yourself against the virus, you should wear light coloured long sleeve clothing, and wear mosquito repellent that contains DEET.

Residents should also clean and empty water holding containers like bird baths, wading pools, pet water dishes and children's toys, which could be breeding ground for mosquitoes.

West Nile Virus is usually transmitted to people by mosquito bites. People older than 50 and people with medical conditions or weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a serious illness.

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