Travel-related Zika case in York County

A resident in York County tested positive for Zika after contracting it outside of the country.

YORK, S.C. -- A case of the Zika virus has been discovered in a small town in York County.

York County officials sprayed Hickory Grove Tuesday night after a resident tested positive for the virus.

“It makes you realize the bugs will fly anywhere they can, it’s kind of scary,” said resident Stephanie Efrid. “I got a little nervous but I have faith in God and faith in the people spraying it that we’ll all be okay.”

This case is travel related, which means the person didn’t catch it here. However, York officials aren’t taking chances, and they are doing things a little differently than in the past: spraying more animal and human-friendly insecticide.

“This spray is a honeybee friendly, that’s been one of the biggest concerns,” said Mike Channell, director of the York Emergency Management Division. “This is okay to be sprayed around animals, kids, houses, and so forth.”

And the way they’re spraying will be different, too.

“This will basically be a team of two guys with backpacks that will be spraying the areas around the residences,” Channell explained. “Instead of spraying a huge area and hoping we hit the right spots.”

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