west nile virus

Richland County confirms West Nile activity, scheduled to spray areas

File ABC Columbia RICHLAND, SC (WOLO)– Richland County officials say they will spray for mosquitoes in Forest Acres and St. Andrews after routine tests confirm West Nile Virus activity in those areas. According to county officials, the presence of the virus was detected in two areas, but residents across the County are advised to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites…

DHEC: West Nile and Mosquitos Still a Problem in SC

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–The calendar may say October but the temperatures have felt more like the middle of summer and that’s why State Health and City officials don’t want you to let your guard down when it comes to mosquitos. DHEC says there has been an increase in the number of mosquitos infected with West Nile this year. According to DHEC,…

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…

City of Columbia Begins Spraying for Mosquitoes

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– City of Columbia officials say they are wasting no time after DHEC says a bird found in downtown Columbia tested positive for West Nile. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, along with Richland County Vector control announced Tuesday afternoon they have already begun spraying the area near where the bird was found. Officials say they will spray for mosquitos near…

DHEC: West Nile Virus Detected in Richland County Bird

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Tuesday that the  West Nile Virus has been detected in a Richland County bird. According to DHEC, they were notified July 17 of a virus-positive bird taken from Downtown Columbia. It is important to note, that health officials say, there have been no confirmed transmissions of West…

Expert says West Nile Virus Cases in Beaufort County Linked to Hurricane

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) – An official says two West Nile virus cases in South Carolina are connected to Hurricane Matthew. Beaufort County Mosquito Control director Gregg Hunt says organic material left in standing water after the storm was the ideal breeding ground for the type of mosquito that carries the West Nile virus. Beaufort County’s first human case…

West Nile Detected In Lowcountry, DHEC Wants Public’s Help

  Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)– West Nile has been detected in South Carolina for the first time this year. The Department of Health and Environmental Control and Beaufort County officials confirm mosquitoes in the Lowcountry have tested positive for West Nile virus. Residents of Columbia say they think there are more mosquitoes buzzing around than usual. “I mean I can’t go…