The Knox County Health Department says they’ve found traces of West Nile Virus in Knox County.
Employees of the health department take regular samples of birds, mosquitoes, and other animal species to track the spread of the disease. According to a press release, a bird recently tested in the area provided positive results for West Nile Virus.
Finding a bird affected by the disease is considered an early warning sign the virus is present, perhaps in local mosquito populations.
Officials with the state and county say now that a positive test has been garnered, it should be considered more important for individuals to protect themselves.
West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bites of mosquitoes.
County officials recommend reducing exposure by staying indoors in the morning or evening and using insect repellent. Local residents can also protect themselves by wearing long clothing and can protect others by reporting certain dead birds.
The Knox County Health Department says that if a dead bird is found between now and October, to report the sighting to their offices.