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Nuisance Complaints

The health department may investigate any nuisances, sources of filth and causes of sickness in permitted facilities or any location in the county when the public's health is at risk.  This does not include inside homes or apartments. 

Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Brochure

KY Department for Public Health Bed bug

UK Department of Entomology

 

Mold

Kentucky has not established laws or regulations concerning mold contamination. Currently, no federal standards exist for permissible exposure limits. With no statutes in place for mold exposure or remediation, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has no authority over such issues. 

KY Div of Air Quality - Mold

KY Dept for Public Health - Mold 

 

Mosquitoes and Zika Virus

What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, and there is no indication that it can spread person to person through casual contact. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first U.S. case of Zika virus infection in a non-traveler in the continental United States after the person's sexual partner returned from an affected area and developed symptoms. The disease has historically occurred in Africa, Southeast Asia and islands in the Pacific Ocean. In May 2015, Zika virus was found for the first time in the Western Hemisphere in northeastern Brazil. The virus has since spread through much of the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The CDC maintains an updated list of affected countries and territories as well as associated travel advisories.

Most people (80 percent) infected with Zika virus do not have any symptoms. Of those who do experience symptoms, they are usually mild and include fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other symptoms can include muscle pain and headache. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Despite these relatively mild symptoms, health officials are investigating a possible association between Zika virus infections in pregnant women and birth defects.

 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health also has information concerning Zika Virus in Kentucky at Health Alerts on Zika Virus 

Remember mosquito prevention starts with you.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and treat clothing with permethrin.
  • Eliminate standing water inside and outside your home.
  • Use screens on the exterior of your home to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Repair and seal your septic system.
  • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent. www.epa.gov/insect-repellents
  • Work together to eliminate standing water and reduce mosquito populations.
  • Protect yourself, your family, and your community, which will...protect her pregnancy.

SOURCE: www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html

CDC.gov mosquito prevention factsheet in English and Spanish