By Paul Gable
The first confirmed case of travel related Zika virus in Horry County has been reported in Plantation Point.
DHEC officials notified the county yesterday.
Nearby Florence County also has one reported case of travel related Zika virus.
In most instances, Zika virus is not fatal, but can be very damaging to fetuses.
According to local officials, Horry County has been working on a plan to combat Zika virus for approximately four months. In the case of Plantation Point, the county has reportedly been going door to door with information, eliminating areas of standing water and using foggers on properties.
What everyone should know:
- Zika infection during pregnancy is linked to birth defects. Pregnant women should avoid or delay travel to areas with Zika.
- Zika is primarily spread through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.
- Most people infected with Zika don’t even know they have it. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital.
- In most cases Zika is not life-threatening.
- The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites. Tips include:
– Apply EPA-approved insect repellent.
– Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts that cover exposed skin. In warmer weather, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers exposed skin.
– Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
– Remove standing water in and around the home. This includes water in cans, toys, tires, plant saucers, or any container that can hold water.
– Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.
- See a health care provider if you develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes during a trip orwithin 2 weeks after traveling to a place with Zika, or if you have had sexual contact with someone who has traveled.
Citizens with questions can call the county’s road and drainage hotline at (843) 381-8000 for more information.