West Nile infected mosquitoes found 6 Louisville ZIP Codes

In total, West Nile virus has been detected in 8 mosquito samples, one dead bird, and one sentinel chicken in Lake County this year.

The infected mosquitoes were found in Department of Public Health and Wellness surveillance traps in 40204, 40205, 40206, 40208, 40212 and 40214.

As of August 21, 10 human West Nile cases have been reported this year in Dallas County, with several in Far North Dallas and one as close as the Vickery Park area. "That means there are a lot of other people out there who have been infected". In addition to vaccination, horse owners can protect their horses by removing standing water and keeping animals inside from dusk to dawn.

"So the numbers could be higher, it's just that people might be getting West Nile and never getting tested because they're having mild flu-like symptoms and things like that", Lucas said.

Less than one percent of infected people develop serious illnesses, such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Public health officials in several southern Ontario regions have already warned residents about the presence of the virus this summer alone. It does get to a point where it is now in the mosquito population. "Since there is no specific treatment for the virus, the best approach is to avoid exposure to mosquito bites".

Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks when outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk to reduce the amount of exposed skin, as weather permits. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin.

Mosquito traps, electrocutors (bug zappers), ultrasonic repellers, and similar devices purported to prevent mosquitoes from biting people are not effective.

Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths on a regular basis. Make sure your doors and windows have tight fitting screens that keep mosquitoes out.