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Those zip codes include 40212, 40213 and 40214, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

"The recent wet and increasing hot weather has created the ideal conditions for the Culex mosquito that carries West Nile Virus", Mark E. Wallace, Executive Director of the Weld County Health Department, stated in a press release.

West Nile is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus was found in mosquitoes in in 51 of 67 Pennsylvania counties. People older than 50, and those with weakened immune systems or with other medical conditions, are at greater risk for the neuroinvasive illness.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. For example, oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3 years of age and DEET should not be used on children less than 2 months of age. The best method to reduce the risk of infections is avoiding mosquito bites. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Use them according to label instructions.

Dress in long sleeves and trousers.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness has also advised residents to mosquito-proof their homes by installing fix screens to keep the insects outside, using an air conditioning system, and emptying standing water.

For more information, visit peelregion.ca/westnile or call Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700 from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Carroll said West Nile is elevated in the Lehigh Valley this year, but no records have been broken. No human infections have been reported at this time. Seventeen people died due to the Nipah virus in Kerala, out of which 16 cases were confirmed in lab.


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