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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

Mosquitoes at McConnell Springs Park have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department announced Friday.

There have not been any reports of human infection of the virus, which is spread by mosquitoes.

The mosquitoes, which were collected on Aug. 13, are the first indication this year that West Nile is in Fayette County, the health department said.

Last year, two birds and one mosquito collection tested positive for the virus.

Symptoms of West Nile might include fever, headache, body aches and nausea. Most people who get the virus do not have any symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 20 percent of people who get the virus have mild symptoms. Fewer than 1 percent have severe symptoms, including high fever, disorientation, vision loss and paralysis.

To prevent infection, health officials recommend using mosquito repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants when outside, especially in the early morning and early evening, when mosquito activity is at its highest.

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