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KDA Spraying for Mosquitoes in Calloway County

Jun 23, 2017
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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has expedited efforts to relieve Calloway County residents from floodwater mosquitoes. KDA began spraying earlier this week after requests were made by the Calloway County Health Department to send mosquito control services to the area.

Zika is a scary virus because of the terrible birth defects it can cause. Now scientists have a clearer sense of the size of that risk.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified 2,549 pregnant women with the Zika virus in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories between Jan. 1, 2016 and April 25, 2017. The CDC found that 122 of these women — about 5 percent — gave birth to babies with birth defects such as small heads (known as microcephaly).

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Hundreds of health care and other officials gathered in Lexington Thursday for a Zika Summit. 

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The Fayette County Health Department is preparing for a lengthy mosquito season. A demonstration Wednesday at Lexington’s historic McConnell Springs focused on revised control techniques.

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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