COLUMBIA, S.C. — Health officials say a South Carolina resident has died from West Nile virus, the first such instance this year.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control identified the victim in a news release on Thursday as an Anderson County resident.

DHEC said it has confirmed seven human cases of West Nile virus, along with 10 birds and 55 mosquito samples.

Most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms. About one in five people infected becomes ill within two to 14 days with symptoms including fever, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, and occasionally nausea and vomiting. The statement said people stricken by the virus may often experience sensitivity to light and inflammation of the eyelids, and some may have a rash.

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