KDHE: Most of Kansas now at high risk for West Nile Virus


The stadium, surrounded by residential areas, is ready for a Friday night football game.

West Nile virus, first identified in Uganda, was initially detected in the United States in New York City in 1999 and was found in MA the next year.

Limit outdoor activities during early morning hours, late evening and after dark. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times, or consider staying indoors during these hours.

Use Insect Repellent: When used as directed, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Follow the directions on the package.

DRAIN STANDING WATER-Standing water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Remove standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. The health department has found a 400 percent increase in the number of mosquitoes that transmit the disease.

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Symptoms of WNV include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash - that usually develop three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

About one in 150 infected people develop a serious or sometimes fatal illness, the CDC says.

"Although we're moving toward the end of summer, West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost", said health department head Dr. Nirav D. Shah in a statement Wednesday.

Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning, or window and door screens. There have been confirmed cases in CT this season as well. Four total cases have been reported in Kent County this year and one has been reported in Berrien County. A Pearl River County resident's infection was confirmed in July.

The last time a mosquito with West Nile was found on Island was five years ago. Mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus look for stagnant water to breed in, so be sure gutters and eaves are clear of leaves and debris.

At least seven cases have been reported in Alabama.

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