Community Health News
What's Coming and Going Around?
West Nile Virus - Cases of WNV have been reported in
Sedgwick County. You can prevent infection by
avoiding mosquito bites. Here's how:
- Salmonella -
Since March, more than 60 people in 18 states have been
infected with Salmonella in an outbreak linked to live poultry.
Live poultry can carry Salmonella bacteria but appear
healthy and clean and show no signs of illness. Therefore,
you should always follow these recommendations for
protecting yourself and others from contact with live
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after
touching live poultry or anything in the area where they
live and roam. Adults should supervise hand washing for
o If soap and water are not readily available, use hand
sanitizer until you are able to wash your hands thoroughly
with soap and water.
- Do not let live poultry inside the house, in bathrooms, or
especially in areas where food or drink is prepared, served,
or stored, such as kitchens, or outdoor patios.
- Do not let children younger than 5 years of age, older
adults, or people with weak immune systems handle or touch
chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry. Children younger
than 5 years, older adults, and people with weakened immune
systems are more likely to have a severe illness from
- Do not snuggle or kiss the birds, touch your mouth, or eat
or drink around live poultry.
- Clean any equipment or materials associated with raising
or caring for live poultry outside the house, such as cages
or feed or water containers.
Download a poster about poultry and Salmonella
Notifiable Disease Investigations
November 2 - December 7, 2013
Read about the epidemiology (disease investigation) program at the Sedgwick County Health Department
1900 E. 9th St.
Wichita, KS 67214
Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and self-pay based on a sliding scale accepted as forms of payment for services rendered.