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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.


 

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The state says a 73-year-old Louisville man has died of West Nile virus. Health and Family Services Cabinet spokeswoman Beth Fisher told The Courier-Journal it is Kentucky's first death from the virus reported this year. 

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State officials are raising awareness about the Zika virus at this year's Kentucky State Fair. 

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Tennessee officials are advising people to take precautions after a horse in west Tennessee tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

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An Illinois agency will soon collect used tires from abandoned properties and rural roads in an effort to reduce the risk of illnesses carried by some mosquitoes.

By now we know that Zika is dangerous for pregnant women and their future babies. The virus can cause devastating birth defects.

But what about for infections after babies are born? Or in older children? Is Zika a danger for them?

So far, all the evidence suggests probably not. But there are a few caveats.

Let's start with what we know.

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Temperatures are expected to creep back into the 90’s Monday and that can mean a health risk for outdoor pets. That’s especially the case when humidity levels spike as well. 

WATCH: Mosquitoes Use 6 Needles To Suck Your Blood

Jun 7, 2016

It's not just idle curiosity that's got scientists hunting down all the bloody details of a mosquito bite. Bites from these bugs are more dangerous to humans than those of any other animal; mosquitoes kill hundreds of thousands of people each year worldwide, and sicken millions more.

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is expecting a busier-than-usual mosquito spraying season.

While state officials have reported only a handful of infections, fears of the Zika virus have the department ramping up operations.

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A pregnant woman is the third case of Zika virus in Kentucky, according the state’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The woman from the Louisville area had recently traveled to Central America, where the virus is known to be circulating. She has since recovered from the illness, the state said. 

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