First Human Case of West Nile Virus In Beaufort County

By Caroline Buse
Monday, July 10, 2017

Hilton Head Island, S.C.- After finding positive results for West Nile Virus in mosquitos found on Hilton Head Island, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile in Hilton Head.

The DHEC and Beaufort County Mosquito Control are taking active measures to control the situation encouraging residents to report dead bird findings (as this can help to track the virus). Dead birds can be submitted through November 30.

While mosquito treatments have increased in frequency, Mosquito Control still encourages all to follow their mosquito-borne illness prevention tips:

  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Repellents help keep mosquitoes from biting.
  • Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure.
  • Exposure to mosquitoes is most common at night and during the early morning. Some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas. Avoid exposure during these times and in these areas.
  • Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, bird baths, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

*Source: Beaufort County Mosquito Control

It is important to remember that while some cases of West Nile are accompanied by febrile illness or severe symptoms, many infected with the virus show no symptoms at all.

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Or contact Beaufort County Mosquito Control at 843-255-5800

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