YORK COUNTY, S.C. – Officials announced Tuesday that a case of West Nile Virus was confirmed in York County.
The virus was found near three schools, just days before children head back to school in South Carolina on Thursday. Officials said they don’t yet know if anyone has actually contracted West Nile, but they aren’t taking any chances when it comes to stopping the spread of the disease.
During a press conference Tuesday, county leaders said the Oakdale community is the only affected area that’s been brought to their attention. Starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, crews will begin spraying repellent in the area of Saluda Road.
There are three schools near the area where the West Nile case was confirmed: Oakdale Elementary, Saluda Trail Middle School, and South Pointe High School.Saluda Trail Middle School, and South Pointe High School.
“The younger you are, the less (sic) chances of having a bad disease,” said Dr. Arash Poursina. “Greater than 80 percent of the people affected by the disease never end up with any symptoms and just clear it on their own”
Officials urge anyone that has been bitten by a mosquito in York County in the last five to 15 days to get checked by a doctor.