Kansas Confirms First West Nile Case Of This Year

By: Associated Press; Greg Palmer and Nick Viviani
By: Associated Press; Greg Palmer and Nick Viviani

TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW/AP) -- State health officials say a man from Republic County has the first reported case of West Nile virus in Kansas this year.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment did not release any more information about the man in a news release Tuesday.

West Nile virus can be spread to people by infected mosquitoes but not from person to person.

Symptoms range from a slight headache and low-grade fever to swelling of the brain and in rare cases, death.

The state had 92 reported cases of West Nile last year. The health department says it is not found a positive mosquito sample in Kansas so far this year.

KDHE recommends the following precautions to protect against West Nile virus:

  • When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Follow the directions on the package.
  • Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.
  • Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used.

West Nile virus cases are most common in the late summer and early fall months. In 2013, there were 92 cases of West Nile virus in Kansas. In addition to tracking cases of human illnesses caused by West Nile virus, KDHE assesses the potential for West Nile virus by conducting limited mosquito surveillance, including laboratory testing. At this time, there has not been a positive mosquito sample in Kansas.

Birds are not tested for West Nile virus in Kansas and KDHE will not be collecting information about dead birds. If you find a dead bird, KDHE recommends that you wear gloves, place the bird in a plastic bag, and dispose of it in the garbage.


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