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Listeria (Listeriosis)

Five cases of listeriosis in Kansas are linked to ice cream given to patients at a Kansas hospital. Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Ice cream products linked to the outbreak have been recalled by Blue Bell Creameries. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Kansas Department of Agriculture, state officials in Texas and Oklahoma, and federal partners are working together to investigate the contamination and prevent more cases. Consumers should discard any recalled product in home freezers. See the Blue Bell Creameries website for up to date information about recalled products.

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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

In 2015, Sedgwick County reports 20 pertussis cases in which the disease investigation is complete. Cases are reported according to the year in which the person became ill. Most pertussis reports the Sedgwick County Health Department investigates are not linked to other cases. However, in April, an outbreak of several cases occurred in a Sedgwick County school. The Health Department is working with the school nurse and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in the ongoing investigation. The number of pertussis cases shown on the graph below is expected to rise next week due to the outbreak and also due to unrelated investigations with multiple family members infected.

The Health Department works with medical providers and Sedgwick County school nurses to investigate and stop the spread of disease.

Statewide data for reportable diseases

Sedgwick County Pertussis Cases


Am I At Risk?
Ebola is a rare disease and is only transmitted by direct contact with an infected person’s blood or bodily fluids. Symptoms of Ebola include: fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising. Only people who are exhibiting these symptoms AND meet one of the following criteria are at risk for having Ebola:

    1. Have recently traveled to an affected area in Africa
    2. Have had directed contact with a person who exhibiting Ebola symptoms and has recently traveled to Africa.

Ebola Fact Sheet

For statewide information and guidance on Ebola, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website.

For national information and guidance on Ebola, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Notifiable Disease Investigations

Week ending April 12, 2015 through week ending April 18, 2015

Notifiable Diseases Graph by Category

Read about the epidemiology (disease investigation) program at the Sedgwick County Health Department

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