West Nile Virus might seem like something from the nineties, but it is a dangerous disease that still affects Louisville each year. In fact, we had nine total human cases of West Nile Virus reported in Kentucky last year, 3 of which were neuroinvasive (severe) cases. Health officials monitor and test mosquitoes each season to know when and how much West Nile virus is present. This year it has come a bit early, as a mosquito just across the river in Clarksville tested positive for West Nile virus in mid-June.
How to Prevent West Nile Virus
The best prevention for West Nile Virus in Louisville is avoiding mosquito bites. When you are out camping, hiking, or enjoying public outdoor and untreated areas, apply mosquito repellent on exposed skin. When you are at home, follow the 5 Ts of mosquito control to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and lower mosquito populations in your yard. For additional protection, call Mosquito Squad of Louisville for our 85-90% effective mosquito control treatment.
Symptoms of West Nile Virus
Transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, West Nile Virus presents similarly to the flu with fever, body aches, headache, and a rash. About 1% of those infected will face severe illness that can lead to encephalitis. In some cases, people can die from West Nile Virus. There is no cure or vaccine for West Nile, making early detection and prevention the best method of avoiding illness. Be sure to see a doctor immediately if you suspect it.
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