First positive West Nile mosquito pool found

This is the designated spray area in Worcester on July 12

This is the designated spray area in Worcester on July 12

Groups of positive mosquitoes, known as a "mosquito pool", collected in the areas of Honcut, Palermo, and Dayton have tested positive with the West Nile virus.

Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control announced Thursday that several mosquitos in Butte County are plagued with West Nile and the virus is now active in Butte County. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has not reported any cases of West Nile Virus in the state.

Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

The virus has been detected in CT every year since 1999. This is also called West Nile encephalitis or meningitis.

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Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile virus when they feed on infected birds.

Some people who contract West Nile develop neurological syndrome, which can be deadly.

Make sure door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes.

The health unit will continue to monitor for West Nile Virus and the larviciding program will continue throughout the summer.

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