Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Winnebago County


There's a high risk for West Nile virus infections right now in northeast Kansas - as well as much of the rest of the state, the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment warns. "We must use this unfortunate event as a reminder that West Nile virus is still here", said Duane Holder, Interim Health Director. It is not spread person-to-person. About one in 150 infected people develop swelling of the brain or brain tissue, which could lead to death. Most infections happen in late summer and early fall.

This is the state's first death from and first confirmed case of West Nile virus in 2018. The agency is encouraging people to take preventative measures though.

West Nile is a mosquito-borne illness and there are no vaccines approved for humans.

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Officials also recommend wearing long sleeves and trousers as well as using repellent when outdoors.

The district's website features a mosquito treatment notification service, plus an interactive map so residents can determine whether they are in the spraying zone.

The announcement comes after news that the city of Sacramento unintentionally heightened the risk of virus transmission in the Pocket by creating bodies of stagnant water ideal for mosquito breeding. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.

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The infected mosquitoes were caught on North Broad Street, Downman Road, Elysian Fields Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Mirabeau Avenue, and Paris Avenue, according to the Mosquito and Termite Control Board. Talk with your veterinarian about vaccinating your horse to protect them against WNV.

County Vector Control officials said West Nile virus has been present in San Diego County since 2003. People who have had the virus before are considered immune.

No people or birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in San Diego County this year.

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