FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 25, 2017) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reporting four human cases of West Nile virus infection in Kentucky residents. Kentucky’s four human cases include residents of Fayette (1), Hopkins (2), and Jefferson (1) counties. All cases have occurred in adults.
To reduce the likelihood of West Nile virus infection, residents are advised to avoid mosquitoes, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends the following precautions:
Avoid Mosquito Bites
· Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions.
· When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
· Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.
· Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths on a regular basis.
Individuals who think they may have a West Nile Virus related illness should visit their healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.
In addition to human cases, West Nile virus infections have been reported in horses and mosquitoes in Kentucky. Four horses have tested positive in the following counties: Bourbon, Franklin, Hart, and Russell.