West Nile Virus Confirmed in Six Zip Codes

LOUISVILLE, Ky  -- Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus are found in six Louisville area zip codes.  The Department of Public Health and Wellness says those mosquitoes testing positive were in the 40204, 40205, 40206, 40212, and 40214 zip codes.

Health officials say its common for West Nile infected mosquitoes to be in the area this time of year and people should take precaution by using mosquito repellant at dawn and dusk...and remove standing water around the home.  

While not usually fatal to humans, one person in Louisville did die of West Nile last year and there was one other non-fatal case.  In 2015 there were three human cases with no deaths.  No cases in 2014 and one non-fatal case in 2013.  Most people infected do not exhibit symptoms, but mild symptoms mimic the flu.  People over 60 have the greatest risk of severe symptoms.

Mosquito fogging operations are taking place around the city, especially in areas where mosquitoes test positive for West Nile.  The Lexington Fayette County Health Department reports a human case of West Nile this year. 

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