A travel-related case of Zika virus has been confirmed in a York County, S.C., resident, the York County Office of Emergency Management said.
It’s the first case in a York County resident, county Emergency Management Director Chuck Haynes told the Observer on Saturday.
The state did not inform the county when and where the resident traveled, Haynes said.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control received confirmation of the case from a lab Friday night, department spokesman Jim Beasley said.
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The state does not release where a person contracted the virus, although all 18 cases reported in South Carolina this year involved travelers to countries where the Zika virus is active, Beasley said.
Of the 18 cases, 17 were in travelers infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home, according to state health officials. One case involved an S.C. resident who had sexual contact with someone who acquired the Zika infection while traveling abroad, officials have said.
Surveillance programs will continue for Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile, which was identified in York County in June, the York County Office of Emergency Management said. County and state officials will identify areas for mosquito control.
Beasley said no mosquitoes in South Carolina have tested positive for Zika. “All cases (reported in S.C. residents) have been travel-related,” he said.
Nineteen cases of Zika have been reported in North Carolina, all of them traveled-related. No cases of people contracting the virus from a mosquito in North Carolina have been reported.
Beasley urged anyone planning to travel to a country where the virus is active to follow Zika-prevention recommendations on the websites of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Associated Press contributed.