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Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to spray for mosquitoes from 3-6 a.m. on Tuesday (July 23)

To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito-spraying activities in the pre-dawn hours next Tuesday (July 23) in parts of the 40505 and 40511 ZIP codes. The spraying is due to a high mosquito population found in a monitoring trap in the 40505 ZIP code region. To provide adequate spray coverage of the area, portions of 40511 ZIP code will also be sprayed. Spraying...

DHP reminds Kentuckians to reduce potential rabies exposure by avoiding contact with bats, wild animals

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), along with local health departments across the state, is reminding the public about the potential for rabies exposure from contact with bats and other wildlife. “Bats become active during this time of year and that increases the possibility of exposure to rabies, which is a dangerous and life-threatening condition if contracted,” said Kelly Giesbrecht,...

Fayette County Health Department confirms case of West Nile virus in a Lexington resident

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has confirmed a case of West Nile virus in a Lexington resident. West Nile virus infection is an illness spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus is known to be present in mosquito populations in Kentucky. In most instances, people infected with the West Nile virus either show no symptoms or relatively mild symptoms, including fever,...

State Agriculture Department, local officials take steps to address floodwater mosquito infestation

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is working with local officials in western Kentucky to combat an outbreak of floodwater mosquitoes in the Land Between the Lakes area. “We chose to take a proactive approach to stop these floodwater mosquitoes from becoming a major public nuisance,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “The local governments in the area want to get ahead of...

State Public Health Department urges homeowners to mosquito proof yards, reduce Zika virus threat

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is calling on homeowners to help control mosquitoes by eliminating standing water from containers that can collect rainwater where insects breed. “Everyone needs to do their part to help reduce the mosquito population,” said Hiram Polk Jr.,...

Research helping take bite out of mosquitoes in Lexington and other suburban backyards

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   A University of Kentucky entomologist is conducting a study on mosquito pressure – or the biting rate – in Lexington and the effectiveness of various mosquito control methods.   Caleb Mass, left, and Kyndall Dye, students in UK entomologist Grayson Brown’s laboratory, install mosquito traps in Lexington. (Photo by Katie Pratt, UK Ag...

Comer to mosquito-plagued Western Ky.: ‘This is a serious problem … help on the way’

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will commit resources to conduct aerial mosquito control applications around Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in an effort to knock down a significant infestation caused by heavy rains in the area. Department officials met with representatives of Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration last week, and the group put together...