GLASGOW — Local government and health officials are advising residents to be cautious of mosquitos and the risk of West Nile Virus, although the illness has not affected any humans in the region.
Only three human cases of West Nile have been confirmed in Kentucky, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and those have been in Jefferson and Henry counties. However, Barren County confirmed a case of West Nile in a horse this week, so officials decided to remind the public to be careful.
“We don't want to scare anybody, we just want them to be aware (that it could be in the area),” Barren County Judge-Executive Davie Greer said.
West Nile Virus is primarily transmitted by mosquitos, and mosquitos are most prevalent at dawn and dusk, and they breed in standing water.
There are some simple precautions all residents can take to avoid mosquito bites and therefore avoid West Nile Virus. Getting rid of any standing water is especially important, Greer said. Things like pet water bowls, bird baths, tires and tire swings all have to be emptied. Pools should be monitored to make sure the water does not stand still for too long.
“Any water standing anywhere, they gotta get rid of it because that draws the mosquitos,” Greer said.
Wearing insect repellant when outside and wearing long sleeves at dawn and dusk help prevent any mosquito bites. Even with window screens, it is better to use air conditioning at home instead of leaving windows open, in order to keep mosquitos out of the house, said Crissy Rowland, director of health information at the Barren River District Health Department.
For the full story, see the print or e-edition of the Sept 15. Glasgow Daily Times.
In Glasgow city limits, to request extra spraying, no spraying or standing water removal, call the public works department at (270) 651-5977. In Barren County, to request spraying, call the judge-executive's office at (270) 651-3338. For more information about West Nile Virus, visit www.cdc.gov/westnile.