Richland County Officials: West Nile Virus Found in Dead Bird in Irmo

RICHLAND COUNTY (WOLO)– Richland County officials say the West Nile Virus has been found in a dead bird in Irmo.

Officials say the bird was found near a private residence in Irmo, in the northwest section of Richland County.

Richland County Vector Control says it is taking proactive steps including setting mosquito traps in the affected area, capturing mosquitos for viral testing.

According to officials, areas within a one-mile radius were sprayed for mosquitoes Tuesday night and will continue Wednesday. If residents see the spray truck in their neighborhood, they are asked to remain inside.

Residents are reminded to take proactive steps  by emptying any standing water in their yard.

Residents can report mosquito activity by contacting the Richland County Ombudsman at 803-929-6000.

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