First West Nile Virus Cases Reported in Kansas


Four regions of the state remain under a high-risk warning West Nile.

The first confirmed human West Nile virus infection of 2018 has been found in a Sanilac County blood donation.

Most people - up to 80 per cent, the health unit says - who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. In rare cases, people develop severe illnesses like meningitis, which can be deadly.

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There are no vaccines or medications to treat West Nile, the KDHE said. In 2017, MS had 63 west nile virus cases and two deaths.

"Mosquitoes are often thought of as merely a nuisance but they can carry serious diseases, including West Nike virus", said County Executive George Latimer.

Visit the KDHE WNV website weekly to learn about the current WNV risk level.

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Amler added that people spending time outdoors should use repellents "from dawn to dusk". "Current high levels of trapped mosquitoes and field surveillance surveys suggest a very active season for WNV. So does receiving an organ transplant", according to the CDC, which also noted the risk can be lessened by wearing long sleeves and trousers, using insect repellent and keeping screens on windows and doors. West Nile can become fatal if it progresses to a neuroinvasive disease, such as encephalitis and meningitis.

Be sure to keep roof gutters clear of debris and keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around your home to eliminate mosquito hiding places. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Turn wading pools upside down when not in use. "Surrounding states are also reporting early WNV activity".

As of July 24, 39 cases have been reported across the U.S.

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