Majority of Kansas remains at a high risk for West Nile Virus

TOPEKA, Kan, (WIBW) -- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Northeast Kansas remains at a high risk for West Nile Virus, and experts advise you to remember the three D’s.

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DRESS

They say to think about how you dress.

“We are long sleeve and pants at dawn and dusk,” Shawnee County’s Health Department’s Craig Barnes said.

DEET

Barnes said everyone needs to remember the DEET.

“Wear mosquito repellent that has DEET as the main ingredient in it,” he added.

DRAIN

He also said to remember to frequently drain.

Topeka has exceeded its yearly rainfall average. All that standing water is the perfect breeding place for mosquitoes.

“Mosquitoes just need about an inch of water to lay their eggs and to breed. So anything that could potentially carry and hold water. We want them either turned upside down or dumped as frequently as possible,” Barnes explained.

He also said people should not forget about low lying areas where water cannot be removed.

“We encourage people to use things like mosquito dunks. That put larvicide and adulticide into that area and where water is collecting to make it so that mosquitoes can’t breed,” Barnes said.

As more rain and warmer temperatures is expected the high risk level will remain.

Most people who get the West Nile virus will have mild symptoms and may never know it, but it can become serious.

More information symptoms and prevention can be found here.