Health department reports confirmed case of West Nile Virus in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Officials with the Lexington Fayette County Health Department say tests have confirmed a case of the West Nile virus in Lexington resident.

West Nile is a virus spread through mosquito bites. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases of West Nile have been reported in all of the continental United States.

The health department plans to spray during pre-dawn hours Thursday morning in parts of the following ZIP codes: 40502, 40505, 40507 and 40508.

"Mosquitos have a pretty small residential area," said health department spokesman Kevin Hall. "The entire universe for a mosquito is about the size of one or two football fields and so that's why it can be concentrated into specific areas and we don't have to do spraying all throughout Lexington."

To report a standing water problem in your neighborhood, please call the health department’s Environmental Health section at (859) 231-9791.

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