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Louisville Metro Public Health testing mosquitoes for Zika virus

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Public Health says it is taking concerns about the Zika virus seriously.

This comes after the CDC confirmed transmission of the virus in a Miami neighborhood.

“Eventually Zika may make its way up to the area, so we want to get out ahead of it,” said Connie Mendel, the environmental health administrator with Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness.

The department says it began spraying and treating for mosquitoes even earlier this year. Health officials have also increased the amount of traps.

Metro Public Health is one of a few local departments that can test for the virus onsite this year with the help of a new device.

The risk for local transmission is low, but the type of mosquito known to transmit the virus can be found in small numbers throughout the area.

“It’s not one that you’ll typically find from flood waters," Mendel said. "It’s one that you’ll find in bird baths and around homes in containers."

Health officials say only one out of five people will even know they have the virus.

Symptoms can be similar to many other diseases like fever, rash and muscle aches.

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