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West Nile Virus Concerns Hit Northern Kentucky, 3 Reported to Be Infected

This story has been corrected and updated to reflect that the West Nile cases in Northern Kentucky have not been confirmed, but simply reported to the health department.

Three people in Northern Kentucky have been reported cases of West Nile Virus to the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department said the cases have been reported in three humans since July. The cases are being referred to the state health department for confirmation.

The virus is transmitted to people through an infected mosquito, not person to person.

The health department, in a news release, encouraged residents to practice mosquito bite prevention behaviors that can reduce the risk of the virus. That includes using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

Mosquito breeding sites should also be eliminated. They thrive in standing pools of water, like containers left in yards, or unammded swimming pools, or clogged gutters.

Most people affected by the virus do not develop symptoms, the health department said. Symptoms include fever, headache, body and joint aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash.

About 1 in 150 people affected will develop a serious and sometimes fatal condition that attacks the nervous system and organs.

-Staff report

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