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UPDATE: Which Louisville zip codes contain mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Louisville, and one person has died as a result.

On Thursday morning, officials from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness explained how they are trying to control the mosquito population.

Dozens of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile all over the city.

The health department says the person who died was a 73-year-old man from Louisville and it's believed that he contracted the disease here as well.

Every summer the health department puts out dozens of mosquito traps. Once enough mosquitoes are trapped, they're tested. If mosquitoes from a certain area do test positive for West Nile, that area is fogged. 

Samples test positive for West Nile in the 40205, 40208, 40211, 40212, 40214, 40215, 40216 and 40272 zip codes.

Back in August, one of the first places that had mosquitoes test positive was near Iroquois Park. Health officials declined to say where this man lived, but say their fogging operations won't change as a result of this death.

"We effectively kill them off and hope they don't come back and hope people have gotten rid of any standing water, whether that's clogged gutters, pots laying around, kids' toys," said Dr. Sarah Moyer, medical director for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. 

Health department officials says typically people infected with West Nile only ever show cold-like symptoms. People over 60 and those with pre-existing conditions have a greater risk of becoming more seriously ill.

To check on areas that will be fogged for mosquitoes each week or to sign up for fogging alerts, call the mosquito hotline, 574-6641, or CLICK HERE.

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