The first instance of laboratory-confirmed infection with Zika virus in Lexington was recently identified in a Fayette County infant born to a woman who had travelled during pregnancy to an area where the virus is circulating.
At a press conference on Tuesday, doctors at UK HealthCare urged Kentuckians to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites this summer, and to be aware of travel warnings and developing information regarding the Zika virus.
With the Memorial Day holiday signaling the start of summer and vacation season for Kentuckians, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has strengthened its response efforts to Fight the Bite against Zika virus to include the ability to now test for Zika virus at its public health laboratory in Frankfort, in addition to urging people to follow mosquito precautions and avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined other state officials and science experts on Monday to announce a partnership of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Department for Public Health to prevent the spread of Zika virus in Kentucky.
A woman who is pregnant is the third Kentucky resident who has tested positive for Zika virus disease after traveling to an affected area where the virus is circulating, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH.)
The Carrolll family is originally from Murray, but their love for helping others guided them to Haiti. They've been living there for the past 16 months, working as missionaries for Heart of Gold Haiti.