DHEC confirms travel-related case of Zika virus in Horry County

DHEC confirms travel-related case of Zika virus in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed a travel-related case of the Zika virus in Horry County on Thursday, according to county spokesperson Lisa Bourcier.

Robert Yanity, a spokesperson for DHEC, said the person or persons who tested positive for Zika were from another state and they simply traveled to Horry County.

A DHEC map listing all Zika cases on the agency's website only lists South Carolina residents who have contracted the disease, according to Yanity.

County officials followed their response plan and went door-to-door in the impacted portion of Plantation Pointe - 1,000 feet from the affected residence - to alert residents, according to Bourcier. For those who were not home, material was left.

Bourcier added properties were also inspected and all standing water was removed.

Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, thanked county and state officials for the swift response to the reported Zika case.

"We know they recognize the seriousness of this threat and will continue to be vigilant, not only about this case, but in their efforts to ensure Myrtle Beach residents and visitors are safe and well informed about Zika-related issues," Dean said in a statement.

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