Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around the state.
Mosquito spraying will begin soon in Williamsburg County:
…at least 61 different species of mosquitoes exist in South Carolina. The most common diseases that could potentially be carried by mosquitoes in South Carolina include: West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis virus, and dog/cat heartworm.
DHEC has granted a special waiver to allow The Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center to reopen a facility aimed at keeping more non-violent, mentally ill patients out of jails and hospitals.
Existing regulations required all patients have a chest X-ray done at least 30 days prior to entering the crisis unit:
While the requirement still exists, DHEC has given the local facility, the only one of its kind in the state, a special waiver, Blalock said.
Center officials are currently working alongside DHEC to acquire a “crisis stabilization” license, which the state doesn’t yet have.
For more news from DHEC, visit Live Healthy SC.