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:
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.