West Nile virus confirmed in 5 Louisville residents

September 28, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky health officials are confirming the West Nile virus in five Louisville residents.

A statement from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness says four cases were neuroinvasive. That is a form of the disease that attacks the brain or tissues around the brain and spinal cord leading to encephalitis or meningitis.

Health department Director Sarah Moyer urged people to protect themselves while outside during dawn and dusk hours by wearing insect repellant and wearing long sleeves and pants. She says the massive amount of rain recently has caused mosquito populations to multiply.

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