For the first time in more than a decade, there’s a confirmed West Nile virus case in the Lexington area. Health officials remind central Kentuckians complications from West Nile are rare.
West Nile, like zika, is an illness spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Unlike zika though, the risk of a serious health complication is relatively low.
With West Nile, less than 1% of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness. Mild symptoms are possible including fever, headache, tiredness, and nausea.