Lexington health department reports West Nile virus case in human

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) - Health officials in Lexington have reported a West Nile virus case in a human.

The virus is spread from infected mosquitos to humans following a bite. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 20 percent of those affected will experience symptoms.

The health department says symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.

The health department will spray in portions of Lexington early Thursday morning.

To avoid mosquito bites, it is suggested you wear long-sleeve shirts, pants and closed-toe shoes. Insect repellant is also a recommended mosquito deterrent. You should also remove any standing water on your property.

This is the first West Nile virus case in Lexington in 2018.

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