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Bird in Lexington tests positive for West Nile

A crow discovered last week in Lexington's Tates Creek Road area has tested positive for West Nile virus, health department officials announced Thursday.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department was notified about the test results Wednesday, and officials have begun conducting surveillance activities in the area. The area also was sprayed to rid it of mosquitoes, which can spread West Nile.

No one in Fayette County has reported human infection. But this is the third indication this year that West Nile might be present in the county.

A group of mosquitoes and a blue jay previously tested positive for rabies. They were found in the Meadowthorpe neighborhood in northwest Lexington and at McConnell Springs.

Because the birds could have flown into the county from anywhere, it is not clear whether there's a threat of West Nile in Fayette County, the health department said.

In humans, the virus can cause fever, aches and nausea.

To report mosquito problems in your area, call the Division of Environmental Health and Protection at (859) 231-9791.

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