LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) – Authorities say rash operations began after mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus were detected in two Louisville ZIP codes.
According to a news release from the Louisville Metro, those ZIP codes are 40202 and 40204.
Infected mosquitoes were detected in surveillance traps set by the Department of Public Health and Wellness.
“The Nile West infected mosquito is not uncommon for this time of year,” said Dr. Sarah Moyer, chief health officer and director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “Being outside is great for our well-being, and with COVID-19 prevalent in our community it ‘s less dangerous than being inside. Enjoy the outdoors, but take appropriate precautions no matter what ZIP code you live in. Go outside and get water standing around your house. “
No West Nile human cases have been reported so far in Louisville this year. In 2019, there were eight human cases (including one death). In 2018, there were four human cases (and no deaths).
Also Wednesday morning, the Indiana State Department of Health reported mosquitoes infected with the Nile West virus in Allen, Marion and St. Joseph counties in the Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and South Bend areas.
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