ANDERSON CO., SC (WSPA) – One person has died from the West Nile Virus in Anderson County.
According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), this is the first death from West Nile Virus in South Carolina in 2017.
Health officials say there have been seven confirmed human cases of the virus in the state this year.
Earlier this week, DHEC confirmed a resident of Jonesville in Union County had been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne illness.
Health officials say there have also been confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in 55 mosquitoes and 10 birds. Nine out of 28 mosquito pools tested in Greenville County came back positive for the virus as of August 25.
DHEC says less than one percent of people infected by West Nile Virus develop a potentially fatal swelling of the brain, known as encephalitis.
They say most people infected with the virus have no symptoms. About one in five people infected becomes ill within two to 14 days. The symptoms include fever, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, and occasionally nausea and vomiting.
More information on the West Nile Virus can be found at www.scdhec.gov/westnile.