(Kenton County, Ky.) – Kentucky’s first human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in a Kenton County resident.
The Northern Kentucky Health Department says the man who contracted the mosquito-borne illness was treated and released from a local hospital.
“Mosquitoes with West Nile can live until the first hard frost of the fall, and our rainy and hot spring and summer have created an opportunity for the mosquito population to flourish,” said Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health.
Last week, Indiana’s first human West Nile case was found in Jefferson County. No cases have been confirmed in southwest Ohio.
More than 260 West Nile cases have been reported across the United States as of September 20. Seven of the cases were deadly.
The Northern Kentucky Health Department has provided tips on how to help prevent the spread of West Nile virus:
West Nile is transferred to humans through a bite from an infected mosquito. Most cases occur in late summer or early fall. People affected will have West Nile fever which can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. About 1 in 150 people with the illness develop life-threatening symptoms according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.