Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
Cover your mouths, because flu season in South Carolina is underway.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has released data saying for the week of Dec. 3 to 9, there were 24 lab-confirmed cases of flu and 893 rapid detection cases reported by clinical labs in South Carolina.
After the holidays, once new televisions, new PS4s, new Xbox Ones, new computers, new sound systems and more settle in, the old ones tend to be done away with.
But where those unwanted electronics actually go, according to the state health and environment department, is of utmost importance.
A member of the mollusk family could be the key to controlling the level of zinc in storm water runoff at Savannah River Site.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the management and operations contractor for SRS, is among a small number of U.S. companies and utilities experimenting with oyster shells. They’ve found the shells naturally absorb zinc and copper from water, often reducing concentrations to acceptable levels.