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Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus discovered in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities are warning that mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus have been found in Louisville.

According to a news release from the city's Department of Public Health and Wellness, the mosquitoes were found in traps in Louisville's 40204, 40205, 40206, 40208, 40212 and 40214 zip codes.

"It's common for us to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile in Louisville around this time each year," said Public Health and Wellness director Dr. Sarah Moyer, in a statement. "What this means is people should take the appropriate precautions. They should wear insect repellent if going outside at dusk and at dawn, and should remove standing water around the home."

One person died of the West Nile virus in Louisville in 2016, and there was one other non-fatal case.

"In most instances, people infected with West Nile virus either show no symptoms or relatively mild symptoms," the news release states. "However, less than one percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis. Serious illness can occur in people of any age. However, people over 60 years of age are the greatest risk for severe disease. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and people who have received organ transplants, are also at greater risk for serious illness."

Louisville is not the only city in Kentucky dealing with the West Nile virus. According to a report from WKYT, officials with the Lexington Fayette County Health Department have confirmed a case of the West Nile virus in a Lexington resident.

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