Richland County residents and businesses are reminded to stay vigilant after the discovery of a second dead bird carrying West Nile virus.
“We want to remind the public the disease has not been found in a person, but encourage citizens to take personal precautions,” said Richland County Vector Control Manager Tammy Brewer.
In mid-July, state and local officials announced a dead bird testing positive with West Nile virus was discovered in downtown Columbia. The most recent incident occurred near a private residence in Irmo, in the northwest section of Richland County.
Richland County Vector Control is taking the following proactive steps:
· Mosquito traps are in the affected area, capturing mosquitos for viral testing.
· Areas within a one-mile radius were sprayed for mosquitoes Tuesday night and will continue Wednesday. If residents see the spray truck in their neighborhood, they are asked to remain inside to allow the driver to provide thorough coverage.
· Richland County Vector Control officers continue to monitor the entire County, especially where water collects. Treating standing water kills larvae, reducing the chance of an outbreak.
Residents are reminded they can take their own steps to help abate mosquito activity by emptying any standing water on their property, and use protective measures such as wearing long sleeves and using repellents according to the label.
Residents are encouraged to report mosquito activity by contacting the Richland County Ombudsman at 803-929-6000.