Insecticide to be sprayed in Rock Hill after reported West Nile case

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Insecticide was scheduled to be sprayed in part of southern Rock Hill on Tuesday night after a person tested positive for West Nile virus on Monday, emergency management officials said.

A one-mile radius from the Oakdale Fire Station on Saluda Road was to be sprayed until 1 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.

At a news conference on Tuesday, emergency management officials said it is not uncommon for a person to contract the virus, but it is worrisome when a person is infected and the mosquito population is carrying the virus as well.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environment Control monitors the mosquito population through traps across the state. The department confirmed that mosquitoes are carrying the virus in the area where the person tested positive. The area was being sprayed late Tuesday with the insecticide Aqua-Reslin.

“Those with honey bees, organic gardens and just general concerns about being exposed to a mosquito spray, we obviously ask them to be indoors and protect their hives,” York County Emergency Management Director Chuck Haynes said.

South Pointe High School, Oakdale Elementary School and Saluda Trail Middle School are in the mile radius being sprayed.

“We would encourage everyone to monitor their own homes and properties for standing water in those areas so you can eliminate the breeding grounds for that,” Rock Hill City Manager Jimmy Bagley said.

Anyone with flu-like symptoms who has been bitten by a mosquito in the last 15 days should get tested for the virus.

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