Monday, July 30, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed four reported cases of the West Nile virus in South Carolina.
According to DHEC, the four cases involved middle-aged men from Orangeburg, Lexington and Richland counties, as well as a woman from Charleston County.
The flu-like symptoms hit between two to 14 days:
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Sensitivity to light
- Inflamation of eyelids
- Possible rash
DHEC says the best way to avoid West Nile are to pay attention to to the "four D's":
- "DEET: Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus, or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Repellents help keep mosquitoes from biting. DEET can be used safely on infants and children 2 months of age and older.
- Dress: Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure.
- Dawn and dusk: Exposure to mosquitoes is most common during the early morning and evening so it is important to wear repellent at that time. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.
- Drain: Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. If you have a pond, use mosquito fish (available from your local mosquito and vector control agency) or commercially available products to eliminate mosquito larvae."
For more information, visit the DHEC website here.