West Nile

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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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.

Health officials in southern Illinois are on alert after a strain of the West Nile virus was detected in a mosquito trap sample in Massac County.

Southern Seven Environmental Health Director Brad Rendelman conducted the positive test earlier this month. 

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer issued a warning today that weather conditions are ripe for an outbreak of West Nile Virus. And he says horse owners should consult their veterinarians about vaccinating their horses against the disease. West Nile is spread by mosquitoes, and mosquitoes thrive in the warm, wet conditions the state has experienced in the last few weeks. Officials say no horse in Kentucky that has undergone a full West Nile vaccination regimen is known to have contracted the virus since 2003.