Two cases of West Nile virus reported in Johnson County

Two cases of West Nile virus reported in Johnson County

Two cases of West Nile virus reported in Johnson County

Four regions of the state remain under a high-risk warning for WNV, including north central, south central, northwest, and southwest Kansas.

The Journal News reports the Westchester County Health Department confirmed two batches of mosquitoes collected in Yonkers tested positive for the virus.

Although less than one percent of people who get infected with the virus get seriously ill. The Kansas health department said about 1 in 150 people infected develop a more serious version of the disease. Though side effects of the virus can be severe, most people who are infected experience little to no symptoms and fully recover.

"Although for most people West Nile virus may not cause a great deal of concern, we encourage residents, especially our vulnerable populations, to take steps to prevent infection because of the potential for complications", said Dr. Greg Lakin, Chief Medical Officer, KDHE.

Additional mosquitoes in CT have tested positive for West Nile virus.

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

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

Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other EPA-approved products to exposed skin or clothing, and always following the manufacturer's directions for use.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. "Surrounding states are also reporting early WNV activity".

To keep mosquitoes away, start by controlling their most common breeding sites. The reported cases are in Hinds (2) and Itawamba counties.

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