Spraying starts after West Nile virus seen in South Carolina

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Officials are spraying a 1-square mile (3-sq. kilometer) area in South Carolina for mosquitoes after a West Nile virus diagnosis.

Rock Hill officials said spraying would be conducted Wednesday and end around 1 a.m. Thursday near a fire station in the southern part of the city.

York County Emergency Management director Chuck Haynes said property around three schools in the area is being sprayed.

Haynes said the Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed a West Nile case in a person who is expected to fully recover. He said the virus was found in mosquitoes in the area.

DHEC says most people who are infected do not develop any symptoms. But about 20 percent will develop a fever and other symptoms. In rare cases, meningitis occurs, which can be fatal.

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