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Being outdoors this summer can be great for exercising, cooking out, sunbathing, or doing some much-needed gardening. Whatever activity you decide, understand that mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects are outside with you.
South Carolina is home to at least 61 different species of mosquitoes. They may carry viruses, such as dengue, zika, West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis, and malaria.
DHEC works in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor mosquito populations for diseases that can be spread to humans. Local governments also play a key role in protecting citizens through spraying and cleanup efforts. Click here to find a listing of local mosquito control programs.
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The first and most important line of defense is for you to protect yourself and help to prevent mosquito bites. Make sure to eliminate mosquito breeding areas, and use insect repellent when outside. The mosquitoes are coming, but they don’t have to ruin your summer.