Mosquito testing for Zika virus in Northern Ky

Mosquito testing for Zika virus in Northern Ky

EDGEWOOD, KY (FOX19) - Health officials in Northern Kentucky are trying to stop the Zika virus from spreading by testing mosquitoes in the area.

The testing comes just a few weeks after the first local case of Zika virus was confirmed in Boone County.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department is now urging residents to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

A total of 820 cases of Zika virus have been reported in U.S. states and the District of Columbia as of June 22, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This includes six cases from Kentucky. All cases reported to date in the U.S. have been associated with travel to a Zika-affected area.

The District Director of Health tells FOX19 NOW mosquitoes become infected when they bite a person already infected with the virus.

Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.

A press conference on this very issue is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

Does Zika virus worry you? Be sure to watch FOX19 NOW Morning News at 8:20 a.m. Thursday to get the facts about this virus from UC Health Infectious Disease Dr. Pamposh Kaul and tips to protect your family.

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