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Measles

Multiple cases of measles have recently been reported in Sedgwick County. The following is important information Sedgwick County residents should know in order to protect themselves and other from measles:

  • If you have been vaccinated or were born before 1957, you are unlikely to get measles.
  • If you have not been vaccinated or are not sure if you have been vaccinated, call your health care provider for direction.
  • If you fear you have been exposed to measles or are experiencing measles symptoms, DO NOT go to an emergency room, physician's office or urgent care facility. Instead, CALL your health care provider for instructions. Measles symptoms include fever; blotchy rash on the skin, spreading from the head to the trunk then to the lower extremities; cough; runny nose; red watery eyes (conjunctivitis); feeling run down, achy; and tiny white spots with bluish-white centers inside the mouth

If you do not have a health care provider, call the Sedgwick County Health Department Measles Information Line at 660-7424.

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Mosquito Trapping and Monitoring

Weekly results from nine trap locations, May 13, 2014 to August 12, 2014.

Mosquito Surveillance in Sedgwick County

The graph shows the number of mosquitoes indentified 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.

The Culex species of mosquitoes are the primary vector for West Nile virus in the United States and Kansas. 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. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.

Fight the Bite! Avoid mosquito bites by following the three Ds:

  • DRAIN: Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes live and breed
  • DRESS: Cover your skin with clothing when outdoors
  • DEET: Use insect repellents that contain DEET

Learn more about West Nile virus prevention.

Notifiable Disease Investigations

 Week ending July 5, 2014 through week ending August 16, 2014

Notifiable Diseases Graph by Category

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