Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) are seeking help from the general public to track the presence the mosquito borne illness, West Nile Virus. If you find any dead birds, please contact DHEC. They have set up a page on their website with instructions and species of birds to present for testing. Birds that test positive for the virus will be reported to local mosquito control agencies.
Mosquito Borne Illness, West Nile Virus
The mosquito borne illness, West Nile Virus, is carried by the Asian Tiger Mosquito. The Asian Tiger mosquito is a non-native invasive species that was first documented in Texas in 1985. Unlike the native brown mosquito that is most active at dusk, the Asian Tiger Mosquito is active through out the day. Symptoms of West Nile include headache, fever, neck stiffness, joint pains, body aches, diarrhea, or rash. According the the CDC, 70-80% of people who become infected with the mosquito borne illness will not develop any symptoms. However, 20% will encounter the symptoms listed above. In rare cases, less than 1%, severe symptoms such as seizures, coma, tremors, and paralysis exist. To date there is not a vaccine for this virus, thus doctors can only treat symptoms.
In a previous blog, On Your Mark, Get Set, Mosquito, we discussed helpful hints that can lessen the amount of mosquitoes you encounter during the mosquito season. In addition to DIY control, it is recommended that you utilize a mosquito control service. Barrier treatments, misting systems, and neighborhood control are offered by Palmetto Exterminators and Palmetto Mosquito Control. All services performed by Palmetto Exterminators and Palmetto Mosquito Control are guarantee. If you were to encounter mosquitoes between our regular visits, simply call your local branch and we will come back out at no additional charge.
DHEC Link for submitting birds www.scdhec.gov/birdtesting/.