Health officials confirm case of West Nile Virus in Laurel County

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - The potentially deadly condition, West Nile Virus, has made several people sick in this state, one of which is a Laurel County man who was just recently released from the UK Medical Center.

Health officials confirm that the London man likely contracted the condition sometime in July.

He spent 3 weeks at the UK Medical Center. He’s home now, but his road to recovery is not over yet.

Kelly Currens says he had just returned from a camping trip at Lake Cumberland when he started feeling sick.

It started with a headache then it progressed into a dizzy feeling, similar to the symptoms he says he experienced with a brain tumor a few years ago.

He went to the emergency room at London’s St. Joseph Hospital where he had a seizure.

He then spent 3 weeks at the UK Medical Center. Much of that time was spent in an induced coma.

Currens is one of the first in Kentucky to be positively diagnosed with West Nile Virus..but health officials say some groups of people are more at risk.

“Probably the elderly, older people, infants and babies,” Marion Pennington said.

“From what I was told, I’m very lucky. My blood sugar and blood pressure has always been good. Had I not been healthy I probably wouldn’t be here today,” Kelly Currens said.

Currens says other than feeling weak he’s much better now.

He last had a seizure about a week ago.

Laurel County health officials also say they’ve had a number of horses that have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
Protect yourself from West Nile Virus:
• Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots and similar water-holding containers.
• Remove all discarded tires on your property. Used tires have become the most common mosquito breeding ground in the country.
• Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.
• Make sure gutters drain properly, and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.
• Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
• Change the water in birdbaths regularly.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.
• Use landscaping to eliminate stagnant water that collects on your property; clean up leaf litter and similar organic debris.
• Make sure windows have screens in good repair
• Wear long sleeves and long pants while out during early morning and late evening


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