FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fire on Locust Rd between McGill Rd and S. Beersheba Rd

On November 19, 2016 Several Fire Departments in Western York County and S.C. Forestry responded to a 50+ acres woods fire on Locust Hill Rd. between McGill Rd. and S. Beersheba Rd. Within a few hours the fire was contained within a controlled area.

Due to the size of the fire, smoke and flames will be visible at the location for the next several days. The local fire department is making periodic checks to ensure the fire does not spread beyond the containment line. However, if residents feel the fire may have broken through, they are asked to contact York County 911 to report their findings.

Please note, local officials are aware that flames and smoke are in the area.

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Forestry Commission expands burning ban for all Piedmont counties in SC effective Nov 10, 2016

The South Carolina Forestry Commission has expanded its State Forester’s Burning Ban from five Upstate counties to all Piedmont counties, effective at 6 p.m. The counties covered by the ban include Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union and York.

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Zika_13Sept2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Zika Virus Prevention Efforts

York, SC - In response to the confirmed travel associated case of Zika virus in a person who traveled outside of the country, York County will conduct mosquito control efforts. Therefore, per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) guidance, York County will conduct mosquito control efforts in the Hickory Grove area tonight around sunset.


County officials have worked and are still working with SCDHEC to ensure the safety of the citizens of York County. The best way to prevent spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses is to eliminate their breeding grounds.  “Spraying will be localized and in a targeted area,” said County Manager Bill Shanahan. “Last night, SCDHEC along with York County Emergency Management visited residences in the targeted area to notify them about the spraying and answer any questions.”

A contractor will be using a back pack to spray the targeted area. The type of spray being used to suppress the mosquito population is called Mavrik Perimeter. This type of spray has a one hour drying time and is most effective when used by back pack blowers in a localized area.  “This type of spray is honey bee and animal friendly,” said Mike Channell, Deputy Director of Emergency Management.
 
For more information about the Zika virus, call 1-800-868-0404 or visit www.scdhec.gov. If you have any questions or want more information regarding the schedule of the mosquito control efforts, please contact York County Emergency Management at (803) 326-2300.

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Zika_12Sept2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Zika Virus Detected and Prevention Measures
 
York, SC- York County has received confirmation from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) of a travel associated case of Zika virus in a person who traveled outside of the country. This is the second travel related case reported in York County.
 
County officials are working with SCDHEC to ensure the safety of the citizens of York County. The best way to prevent spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses is to eliminate their breeding grounds. Therefore, per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SCDHEC guidance, York County will conduct mosquito control efforts in the Hickory Grove area. Spraying will begin around sunset on Tuesday, Sept. 13. A contractor will be using a back pack with a synthetic pyrethroid to suppress the mosquito population.
 
Bee keepers in the area are encouraged to protect their hives. Additionally, SCDHEC will conduct a public education campaign in the affected area.
 
The most common symptoms of Zika are:
 
* Fever
* Rash
* Joint Pain
* Conjunctivitis
* Muscle Pain
* Headache
 
Additionally, below is information on how to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
 
~Reduce the numbers of adult mosquitoes around your home.
~Drain, fill, or eliminate sites that have standing water.
~Empty or throw away containers that have standing water.
~Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning or make sure that you repair and use window/door screens.
~Avoid Mosquitoes: Most mosquito species bite during dawn, dusk, twilight hours, and night. Some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas. Avoid exposure during these times and in these areas. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
~Wear insect repellent: When used as directed, insect repellent is the BEST way to protect yourself from mosquito bites—even children and pregnant women should protect themselves.
* DEET: Products containing DEET include Cutter, OFF!, Skintastic.
* Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin): Products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan outside the United States).
* Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD: Repel contains OLE.
* IR3535: Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart
 
For more information about the Zika virus, call 1-800-868-0404 or visit www.scdhec.gov. If you have any questions or want more information regarding the schedule of the mosquito control efforts, please contact York County Emergency Management at (803) 326-2300.
 
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Spray_Zone_21Jul2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 21, 2016

Per CDC and SCDHEC guidance, mosquito spraying from the roadway will take place in Tega Cay at 9:00 pm tonight. A spray truck will be using the recommended product Aqua Reslin to suppress the mosquito population.
Bee keepers in the area are encouraged to protect their hives.

The streets to be sprayed are: Tega Cay Dr. from Cove Lane to the cul-de-sac at the end of Tega Cay Dr., Marina Dr., Chelsea Day Lane, Coventry Ct., Cambridge Ct., Mariners Ct., Windward Dr. from Marquesas to the end, Anchorage Lane, Harbor Ct., Regatta Ct., Topsail Circle, Point Clear Dr. to Triton Dr. and Triton Dr. to Pitcairn Park. (Click here for a map of the area)

Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites
~Reduce the numbers of adult mosquitoes around your home.
~Drain, fill, or eliminate sites that have standing water.
~Empty or throw away containers that have standing water.
~Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning or make sure that you repair and use window/door screens.
~Avoid Mosquitoes: Most mosquito species bite during dawn, dusk, twilight hours, and night. Some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas. Avoid exposure during these times and in these areas. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.

Wear insect repellent: When used as directed, insect repellent is the BEST way to protect yourself from mosquito bites—even children and pregnant women should protect themselves.
~DEET: Products containing DEET include Cutter, OFF!, Skintastic.
~Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin): Products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan outside the United States).
~Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD: Repel contains OLE.
~IR3535: Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart.

For more information on the Zika virus visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/zika or
SCDHEC at www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/Insects/Mosquitoes/

You may also call the York County Office of Emergency Management at: 803-326-2300.

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Zika_152016Jul

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2016. Follow links at the end for more information:

York County has received confirmation from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) of a travel associated case of Zika virus in a person who traveled outside of York County. This is the seventeenth case reported in South Carolina this year.

County officials are working with SC DHEC to ensure the safety of the citizens of York County. Programs will continue such as surveillance programs for Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile, which was identified in York County in June of this year. County and state officials will be identifying areas for mosquito control.

The most common symptoms of Zika are:

* Fever

* Rash

* Joint Pain

* Conjunctivitis

* Muscle Pain

* Headache

Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms.

The best way to prevent spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses is to eliminate their breeding grounds.

Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites

* Reduce the numbers of adult mosquitoes around your home.
~Drain, fill, or eliminate sites that have standing water.
~Empty or throw away containers that have standing water.

* Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning or make sure that you repair and use window/door screens.

* Avoid Mosquitoes: Most mosquito species bite during dawn,dusk,twilight hours,and night. Some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas. Avoid exposure during these times and in these areas. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.

* Wear insect repellent: When used as directed, insect repellent is the BEST way to protect yourself from mosquito bites—even children and pregnant women should protect themselves.
~DEET: Products containing DEET include Cutter, OFF!, Skintastic.
~Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin): Products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan outside the United States).
~Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD: Repel contains OLE.
~IR3535: Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus
Expedition and SkinSmart.

For more information on the Zika virus visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/zika or SCDHEC at www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/Insects/Mosquitoes/

Media contact information

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

(803) 898-1127
media@dhec.sc.gov

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