Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, MS
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Wichita, KS 67214
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Updated August 16, 2016
In 2016, Sedgwick County Health Department reports four cases of West Nile virus infection in adult residents of the county.
These are Sedgwick County’s first reported cases in 2016. In 2015, Sedgwick County reported a total of four cases of West Nile virus infection.
The Culex species of mosquitoes are the primary vector for West Nile virus in the United States and Kansas.
The Culex species of mosquitoes are known to transmit West Nile virus but are not known to transmit Zika virus. An increase in mosquitoes,
especially Culex species, may indicate an increased risk of West Nile virus (WNV) infection in humans. WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito,
and is not contagious person-to-person. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.
Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita track mosquito numbers and implement control measures in the area in order to protect the public
from diseases such as West Nile virus, which are spread by bite of an
infected mosquito. Residents are encouraged to eliminate or treat mosquito breeding areas of standing water in their neighborhood.
The graph shows the number of mosquitoes identified in traps set in Sedgwick County (in and around the Wichita metropolitan area). Mosquito trapping is performed by the Kansas Biological Survey and coordinated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
To learn more about mosquito surveillance in Sedgwick County, please click on this link
Fight the Bite! Avoid mosquito bites by following the three Ds:
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Zika virus is spread through bites from infected Aedes species mosquitoes.
The majority of cases in the United States have been in travelers returning from countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
Currently, over 30 countries and territories in Central America, South America, the Caribbean,
and Mexico are experiencing ongoing Zika virus transmission. The CDC has issued a Level 2 Travel
Alert for these areas, indicating that travelers should practice enhanced precautions while traveling
to these regions. The primary recommended precaution is to prevent mosquito bites through wearing long sleeves and long pants;
using DEET containing insect repellant; wearing permethrin-treated clothing; and staying or sleeping in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms.
Zika virus infection typically causes a mild illness, and hospitalizations are rare.
Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes, and usually occur within two weeks of
travel to a country with ongoing Zika virus transmission. There is a link between Zika virus infection
during pregnancy and microcephaly in infants (smaller than normal head size). Due to this,
the CDC is recommending that women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant postpone trips to areas with Zika virus transmission.
Providers who suspect Zika virus in a patient should contact the Kansas Department of
Health and Environment Epidemiology Hotline at 877-427-7317 to coordinate testing.
For more information on the Zika Virus, please
click on this link.
For statewide information and guidance on Zika virus, visit the
Kansas Department of Health and Environment website.
For national information and guidance on Zika virus, visit the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
The CDC has issued a Level 2 Travel Alert for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (August 5-21) related to Zika virus. This means that those traveling to the Olympics
should practice enhanced precautions to protect themselves from Zika virus infection. The primary
recommended precaution to prevent Zika virus is to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and
long pants; using DEET containing insect repellant; wearing permethrin-treated clothing; and staying or
sleeping in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms. Due to the potential for birth defects related
to Zika virus infection during pregnancy, the CDC recommends that pregnant women
or those looking to become pregnant avoid travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission, including Brazil.
Although the risk of sexual transmission is low, men who travel to countries with ongoing Zika virus transmission
should use condoms correctly or abstain from sex during travel and for 8 weeks after travel. If the man develops
symptoms, they should use condoms correctly or abstain from sex for 6 months after symptom onset.
Women with or without symptoms should either wait until 8 weeks after travel or 8 weeks after symptom onset before attempting to become pregnant.
The primary symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. If you begin to feel ill
during or after your trip, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately to discuss Zika virus
testing. Be sure to tell them about your recent travel. Testing is available for anyone who is symptomatic
and has travelled to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission or pregnant women who have traveled, regardless of symptoms.
For more information about how to protect yourself from Zika virus and other illnesses while traveling to the 2016
Summer Olympics, click here.
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