Crews began spraying for mosquitoes in York County one day after officials there confirmed the area’s second travel-related case of the Zika virus.
The Rock Hill Herald reports that the individual who tested positive lives in the Hickory Grove community. That person tested positive for the virus a week ago after traveling outside the U.S. It’s not certain where the person contracted the virus.
There is some concern that sprays intended to kill mosquitoes also cause harm to honey bee populations. A recent aerial spray in Dorchester County received national attention after the chemical used also killed millions of commercial bees. However, York County Emergency Management said the spray being used is a bee-friendly product.
As of September 14, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reports South Carolina has had 48 travel-associated cases of Zika virus. Of those, 47 were in travelers who were infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home. One case involved a South Carolina resident who had sexual contact with someone who acquired the Zika infection while traveling abroad.
The CDC has warned pregnant women and those hoping to conceive not to visit tropical regions where the virus is actively transmitted. Researchers have linked the virus to birth defects in the infants of infected mother that can sometimes be fatal. So far, DHEC says none of South Carolina’s cases have involved pregnant patients.
Due to federal privacy restrictions, DHEC is unable to provide additional information concerning any individual, including details about physical condition, hospitalization, age, sex, and residence.