First case of West Nile Virus reported in Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced on Thursday that an adult from Atchison County has tested positive for the state’s first case of West Nile Virus in 2013. KDHE also confirmed that a positive mosquito sample was collected from Sedgwick County.

The department gave some recommendations to protect against the virus, including:

  • Empty standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Mosquitoes tend to use these as breeding sites. Also, change water in pet dishes and keep children’s wading pools empty when they aren’t being used
  • If you are outdoors around dusk or dawn, make sure to wear insect repellent and long sleeves and pants as many mosquitoes are most active during these times.
  • Use an insect repellent containting DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535.
  • Check screens on windows and doors to ensure that mosquitoes are kept out of your home

The calendar is entering the peak season for West Nile Virus, most cases are reported in the late summer and early fall. Last year there were 57 cases reported in Kansas.

For more information about the disease and other prevention tips, follow this link to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guildlines for West Nile Virus.

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