Horry County leaders turn focus from Zika to West Nile Virus - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Horry County leaders turn focus from Zika to West Nile Virus

Leaders hope cases are a false alarm but if not, will follow the same Zika response plan. (Source: WMBF News) Leaders hope cases are a false alarm but if not, will follow the same Zika response plan. (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) -Considering all the recent rain we've had, Horry County leaders are surprised they haven't heard more calls about mosquitoes and Zika concerns.  However, now they're turning their efforts to another mosquito-borne illness: the West Nile virus. 

Just last August there was only one case of Zika, but there have been two cases of West Nile, which is more common.

Leaders say right now, the West Nile virus is a bigger concern than Zika because mosquitoes carry an abundance of it in South Carolina.

Their worry is for older adults because they may have compromised immune systems and can die if they come in contact.

So far, there have been cases in Little River and North Myrtle Beach.

Since then, officials sent mosquitoes to DHEC for testing. The problem is it takes up to three weeks to get answers back because South Carolina doesn't have a laboratory.

The closest is in Georgia, but the hope is when the results come back, it's a false alarm.

"Usually we would see an uptick of those mosquito complaint call,s, but we really haven't seen that within the last couple of weeks. But if the temperatures remain high, I bet those numbers could tick up in the next two weeks," Horry County Spokesperson Lisa Bourcier said.

 As of now, county leaders are they're crossing their fingers Horry County does not have a problem with either cases.

If it happens, officials will stick to the same response plan: you'll make the phone call, and they'll come out and blanket the area and do aggressive spraying.

Copyright 2016 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • BCSO searching for suspect who robbed gas station

    BCSO searching for suspect who robbed gas station

    Saturday, February 17 2018 9:46 PM EST2018-02-18 02:46:19 GMT
    (Source: BCSO)(Source: BCSO)
    BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking to identify a suspect who robbed a BP gas station Saturday night, according to a release. The suspect robbed the gas station at 5053 Southport-Supply Road in Southport around 8:30 Saturday night. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’0” tall, wearing a short sleeve, dark blue t-shirt, tan pants, and a camouflage beanie. He also has a beard or facial hair.  No ...More >>
    BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking to identify a suspect who robbed a BP gas station Saturday night, according to a release. The suspect robbed the gas station at 5053 Southport-Supply Road in Southport around 8:30 Saturday night. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’0” tall, wearing a short sleeve, dark blue t-shirt, tan pants, and a camouflage beanie. He also has a beard or facial hair.  No ...More >>
  • CCU holds vigil to honor Florida shooting victims

    CCU holds vigil to honor Florida shooting victims

    Saturday, February 17 2018 9:39 PM EST2018-02-18 02:39:52 GMT
    CCU student light candles and pray (Source WMBF News)CCU student light candles and pray (Source WMBF News)

    Educators of the future are taking a stand, following a vigil held on the camps of Coastal Carolina University honoring the 17 lives lost in a Florida shooting. CCU students Tyler Bealmear and Kaycelyn Laymon have a love and passion for children and education, their hearts broken by the tragedy, but each refusing to let situations like these continue. 

    More >>

    Educators of the future are taking a stand, following a vigil held on the camps of Coastal Carolina University honoring the 17 lives lost in a Florida shooting. CCU students Tyler Bealmear and Kaycelyn Laymon have a love and passion for children and education, their hearts broken by the tragedy, but each refusing to let situations like these continue. 

    More >>
  • Candlelight vigil held at The Market Common to remember Florida school shooting victims

    Candlelight vigil held at The Market Common to remember Florida school shooting victims

    Saturday, February 17 2018 5:31 PM EST2018-02-17 22:31:21 GMT
    (Source: Ian Klein)(Source: Ian Klein)

    A local group is hosting a candlelight vigil Friday night in The Market Common to remember the 17 victims of Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

    More >>

    A local group is hosting a candlelight vigil Friday night in The Market Common to remember the 17 victims of Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly