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West Nile virus found in human in Lexington, officials say

Louisville Courier-Journal logo Louisville Courier-Journal 10/9/2019 Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal
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The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department announced Tuesday it's found a possible case of the West Nile virus in a human. 

The news comes around two weeks after a Louisville woman announced she'd been diagnosed with the virus

"A probable case of West Nile Virus is reported in a human in Lexington," the health department wrote on social media. "We will spray for #mosquitoes 3-6am Oct. 10 in the 40502, 40507 and 40508 ZIP codes." 

Those ZIP codes cover the downtown areas in Lexington between Euclid Avenue and Main Street. 

According to a linked article published through the health department, winds must be less than 10 mph and temperatures higher than 55 degrees for the spraying to take place. 

"The health department also conducts surveys in neighborhoods around Lexington to identify standing water problems that can serve as a location for mosquitoes to lay their eggs," the article said.

"Elimination of standing water is the ultimate goal, but in areas where standing water cannot be eliminated the water can be treated to kill mosquito larvae with a chemical called a larvicide." 

The West Nile virus is most commonly spread to humans by bites from infected mosquitoes. Read more at cdc.gov/westnile

Stay safe from mosquitoes: Here's how to avoid getting bit

Earlier: Louisville woman says she has been infected with West Nile virus

Reach breaking news reporter Sarah Ladd at sladd@courier-journal.com. Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_sarah. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/subscribe.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: West Nile virus found in human in Lexington, officials say

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