The Richland County Vector Control Department said because of the recent spike in West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes, it's monitoring the county and treating standing water to control mosquito larvae, submitting mosquitoes from trap collections for viral testing and working with multiple outlets to promote public awareness.
The 74-year-old died on September 12, according to the Health Department. Collin County health officials have also confirmed one human case of the virus in Frisco.
"The mosquitoes that carry West Nile actually are more prevalent now than they were at the beginning of the summer and we are still having cases of West Nile reported to us", she added. In recent years, OH reported 17 human West Nile Virus cases in 2016 including four deaths, 35 in 2015 including two deaths and 11 in 2014 including one death.
West Nile virus is most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches which subside after a few days to weeks.
Avoid outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dusk and dawn. Rare, severe cases of the virus can cause brain swelling and lead to seizures or a coma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.
When outdoors, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts and use mosquito repellents.