Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, MS
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Wichita, KS 67214
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has reported mumps in Douglas County and Johnson County. The cases are associated with the University of Kansas in Lawrence. There is also currently an ongoing outbreak at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri (approximately 200 cases) and in Arkansas (approximately 2,200 cases). Many individuals have been infected despite being immunized with two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Outbreaks can still occur in highly vaccinated communities, particularly in close-contact settings.
Healthcare providers across Kansas should provide MMR vaccine to children and adults who are not up-to-date and should be vigilant in identifying, testing, and reporting patients with suspected mumps. If mumps is suspected, as patients if they have any risk factors, such as history of travel and/or no MMR vaccination; follow guidelines listed here for testing; and report suspect or confirmed cases within 4 hours to the Sedgwick County Division of Health (316-660-5555) or Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) (1-877-427-7317).
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Nationally, influenza activity is increasing. There have been no KDHE-confirmed influenza cases in Sedgwick County. The predominant influenza strain is influenza A (H3N2). At this time, most influenza strains typed by the CDC are in the 2016-2017 vaccine. For influenza surveillance, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Influenza Surveillance website.
Influenza (flu) is a viral infection of the nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs caused by influenza viruses. There are different strains of the flu that change annually. The best way to prevent flu is the annual influenza vaccination. Vaccines contain either two influenza A strains and one influenza B strain (trivalent) or two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains (quadrivalent). The nasal influenza vaccine (FluMist) is not available for the 2016-2017 flu season due to low effectiveness. Other ways to prevent the spread of disease include washing hands frequently in hot water and soap; coughing and sneezing into an elbow, rather than the hands; eating healthy foods; getting plenty of rest; and staying home when ill.
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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 50 countries and territories 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 active Zika virus transmission.
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 6 months after travel. Women with or without symptoms should either wait until 8 weeks after travel or 8 weeks after symptom onset before attempting to become pregnant.
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.
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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.
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