Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

South Carolina Department of Environmental Control (DHEC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

West Nile (WN)

South Carolina Department of Environmental Control (DHEC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Zika

South Carolina Department of Environmental Control (DHEC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

What Is BCMC Doing About 3 Mosquito-Borne Diseases?

BCMC considers EEE, West Nile, and Zika viruses as public health threats.  DHEC, Clemson Veterinary Diagnostic Clinic, and/or BCMC collectively monitor these mosquito-borne diseases among mosquitoes, birds, horses, and/or humans.  Subsequently, BCMC will intensify surveillance and mosquito abatement efforts if EEE, WN, or Zika are detected anywhere in Beaufort County.  Some of these methods include:

  • Increase the collection of adult mosquitoes throughout Beaufort County for testing
  • Encourage residents and visitors to help with our surveillance program, such as for West Nile (see Dead Bird Surveillance)
  • Monitor mosquito-borne disease activity in adjacent counties, such as Chatham Co., GA; Jasper Co., SC; Hampton Co., SC; and Colleton Co., SC
  • Provide additional training for all BCMC employees
  • Participate in the state-wide surveillance program for mosquitoes and dead birds
  • Coordinate our response plan with other government agencies
  • Educate the residents and visitors of Beaufort County about "mosquito hygiene" (source reduction of mosquito breeding sites and avoidance of biting mosquitoes), which are key to reduce the risk of  EEE, West Nile, and Zika.