‘Probable’ case of West Nile reported in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is reporting the first probable human case of West Nile virus in Lexington.

The health department says, as a result, it will begin spraying for mosquitoes Thursday morning. It says mosquito spraying will take place between 3-6 a.m. in portions of the 40502, 40507 and 40508 ZIP codes. The route will focus on the downtown areas between Euclid Avenue and Main Street, including Woodland Park.

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West Nile virus can be spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 20 percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus will experience symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. People experiencing these symptoms should consult with their healthcare provider.

The health department says Lexington residents can also take steps at home to fight mosquitoes by eliminating standing water and wear insect repellent when outdoors, especially at dusk and dawn, which are peak mosquito activity hours.