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First West Nile Case in More Than a Decade Seen in Fayette County

For the first time in more than a decade, there’s a confirmed West Nile virus case in the Lexington area. Health officials remind central Kentuckians complications from West Nile are rare.



Lexington has recorded its first West Nile Case in more than a decade

West Nile, like zika, is an illness spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.  Unlike zika though, the risk of a serious health complication is relatively low.  

With West Nile, less than 1% of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness.  Mild symptoms are possible including fever, headache, tiredness, and nausea.  


Fayette County Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says with colder weather approaching, mosquitos will be less active, reducing the risk of further West Nile infections.

Copyright 2016 WEKU

Stu Johnson
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