The number of cases of West Nile virus is increasing in South Carolina.
Chris Evans with the Department of Health and Environmental Control says there had been 28 cases of the mosquito-borne illness reported in the state as of last week. Four cases have been noted in Aiken County. This week’s figures are not yet available.
Evans says the state usually averages less than seven cases in a year.
Experts say dumping anything with standing water where mosquitoes breed is the best way to avoid the virus. They also suggest wearing long sleeves and pants, keeping screens on windows and using bug repellents.
DHEC says the illness can have flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, joint pain, muscle pain and nausea and vomiting.
Most of South Carolina’s cases have been concentrated along the coast.