DHEC: West Nile and Mosquitos Still a Problem in SC

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Now there's even more reason to celebrate this year's lack of blood-suckers, as provincial numbers show a big drop in West Nile virus cases this year.

The Genesee County Health Department issued a warning Wednesday about a house sparrow collected in the county recently that tested positive for West Nile Virus.

West Nile virus isn't posing much of a threat to Manitobans this year, but the province still is still facing health threats.

DHEC also says, infected animal or mosquito samples have been confirmed in Anderson, Beaufort, Cherokee, Colleton, Greenville, Kershaw, Lexington, Richland, Saluda, Union, and York counties.

The health department reported 107 cases in Texas this year, including three deaths.

The city said it can not be determined if the person contracted the mosquito-borne infection in the city of Spartanburg.

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"We always want folks to try to think of preventative measures when we're in the warmer months", Vander Straten said.

If illness does occur, it happens four to 10 days after an infected mosquito bites a person.

Other preventative measures include making sure windows and doors are closed during dusk and dawn hours, when mosquitoes are most active.

- Help reduce the number of mosquitos around your home.

Vander Straten said the risk for getting West Nile virus decreases as the weather gets colder.