KDHE issues West Nile virus warning in northeast Kansas

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Although there have been no cases reported in 2018, there have been more than 600 severe cases of West Nile and 30 deaths in Kansas from 1999-2017.

The risk of being bitten by a mosquito with West Nile virus is getting higher in southeast Saskatchewan. And one person in East Baton Rouge was infected with the virus but showed no symptoms.

The virus can be transmitted through a bite from a mosquito with the virus contracted by the insect biting an infected bird. About one out of 150 infected people develop swelling of the brain or brain tissue, that in some cases, can result in death. But health officials warn the presence of mosquitoes with the virus raises the risk for people.

The Mosquito and Termite Control Board will continue to take proactive measures to protect residents including applying insecticides by truck and applying larvicide to prevent mosquitoes from developing.

The mosquito thrives in standing water, such as "a stock pond or a bucket in the backyard", Hanson said.

The West Nile Virus has been detected in three counties in Northern Utah.

AVOID: outdoor activity at peak times when mosquitoes are most active - early morning and evening.

She can also offer the community some peace of mind, as officials are actively searching for mosquitos and spraying.

It is not known if the victim lived in Robeson County, said Bill Smith, county Health Department director. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m- toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8- diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label.

Remove standing water to reduce areas where mosquitos can breed in areas such as gutters, birdbaths and pet water dishes.

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