Hello to all Kingsley residents. If you are new to our city, welcome to Kingsley. We are glad you have chosen to live in our wonderful community and hope that you will stay with us for many years to come. Before explaining more about Kingsley, here is an important posting as of August, 2019:
Tularemia - Positive Test in Strathmoor Village
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is providing the following information as a public service following the recent confirmation of tularemia in a wild rabbit from the 40205 zip code.
A wild rabbit from Louisville ZIP 40205 (Strathmoor Village) recently tested positive for tularemia, a disease that can infect animals and people. There have been no human cases of tularemia reported in Louisville since 2013, when one case was reported.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recovered the rabbit and sent it to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study laboratory in Athens, Georgia. Lab tests there confirmed the diagnosis. In response, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife contacted state and local public health officials and followed up with the resident about the potential health risks associated with exposure to the dead rabbit.
Tularemia is a bacterial disease not uncommon in the wild. It mostly affects rabbits and rodents, including squirrels and groundhogs. It can cause rapid, large die offs of rabbits and squirrels in a small area. Rabbits and squirrels that are sick with tularemia may lose their fear of people or dogs and act strangely.
Tularemia is most commonly transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. However, there are a variety of less common ways people and pets can be exposed to tularemia, including bites or scratches from an infected rabbit or squirrel or handling an infected animal or carcass. Although rare, infection can also occur through the aerosolization of the bacteria resulting from disturbance of an infected carcass or the surrounding soil.
Tularemia is an uncommon infection in dogs and cats. However, it is possible that mild cases may go untreated or unreported in pets making it difficult to determine how many cases actually occur. In most mammals, signs of illness may include tick infestation, swollen glands, and sudden onset of high fever, lethargy, and poor appetite. Other signs may include stiffness and reduced mobility and are associated with a generalized infection. Pulse and respiratory rates may also be increased, and the infected animal may have a cough, diarrhea, and frequent urination. Prostration and death may occur in a few hours or days.
Area residents should immediately report rabbits, squirrels or other wildlife that are dead or appear sick to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources by calling 1-800-858-1549 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) on weekdays or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org outside of business hours. Area residents with questions about potential health risks or seeking advice about other precautions that can be taken to limit potential exposure should contact state or local public health agencies, or a physician.
Local public health officials recommend wearing repellant containing DEET when going outdoors to prevent tick and deer fly bites. Check yourself and pets for ticks after being outdoors. Always wear gloves when handling a dead or sick animal and avoid mowing over dead animals to prevent bacteria from becoming aerosolized.
Tularemia can be difficult to diagnose so it is important to report any potential exposure when seeking medical attention; however, it is readily treatable with antibiotics.
Back to Kingsley:
Many years ago, our community was part of Farmington, the once sprawling farm of the Speed family. On March 1, 1924, developer C.C. Hieatt purchased 46 acres off Taylorsville Road and created the subdivision of Kingsley as an extension of the Strathmoor neighborhood. On December 21, 1939 Kingsley was incorporated as a sixth class city. Today, Kingsley has 175 single-family residences, 2 apartments, and 3 businesses.
We encourage you to take walks in our beautiful neighborhood. Many of our residents—especially when the weather is nice—enjoy the extensive sidewalk system that fronts all Kingsley properties. Stretch your legs, burn some calories, and meet the neighbors. Also, be sure to take advantage of Kingsley Green. It’s a great place to toss a football or to let the little ones expend some energy.
We hope you enjoy living in Kingsley. Please don’t hesitate to call the Mayor or one of your City Commissioners should you have any comments or concerns.
The Mayor and Commissioners of the City of Kingsley