Health Dept.: West Nile Virus case confirmed in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has confirmed a West Nile virus case in a Lexington resident.

West Nile virus infection is an illness spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus is known to be present in mosquito populations in Kentucky.

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In most instances, people infected with the West Nile virus either show no symptoms or relatively mild symptoms, including fever, headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands and a rash on the chest, stomach or back. However, less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis. Serious illness can occur in people of any age, but people over the age of 60 are at the greatest risk for severe disease. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease, are also at greater risk for serious illness.

Routine spraying continues as part of the health department’s mosquito management program. Because of the confirmed West Nile Virus case, Tuesday morning’s mosquito-spraying schedule will be expanded to include the 40508 zip code, along with the regularly scheduled 40505 and 40516 zip codes.

More information on the spraying schedule can be found at www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org.