Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, MS
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Wichita, KS 67214
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In light of international Ebola events and growing concern
about the presence of Ebola in the United States, Sedgwick County public health
officials and our partners—emergency responders, health care professionals,
United Way 2-1-1, and more—are meeting regularly about community preparedness
should a potential case of Ebola arise in Sedgwick County. Read through the
following resources to learn more about Ebola:
Ebola Fact Sheet
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
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.
Enterovirus is a common virus that usually causes no
symptoms or mild cold-like (respiratory) symptoms, especially in infants,
children and teens.
Recently, Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City noticed
a dramatic increase in hospitalized children with severe respiratory symptoms.
Because of the increase in cases, specimens were tested at the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and found positive for a specific type of enterovirus, enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). More than half of the hospitalized
children had a history of asthma or wheezing.
Hospitals in Wichita are not reporting an increase in respiratory
illness. No EV-D68 has been identified in Sedgwick County.
You cannot tell if a child with a cold has enterovirus.
There are many viruses that cause cold-like symptoms and most of the time a
person's body fights the mild infection successfully. Seek medical attention if
you or a child under your care is having trouble breathing. Children who have
asthma should be monitored carefully.
Enterovirus is spread through contact with nose and mouth
secretions. There is no specific treatment for enterovirus and other respiratory
viruses other than managing symptoms (fever reducer, inhaler, etc.).
Prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
Influenza (flu) is a viral infection of the nose, throat, bronchial tubes at
lungs. There are different strains of the flu that change annually. Read an influenza fact sheet
to learn more about more
about the flu and flu vaccines.
Residents who qualify may visit the health department's clinic at 2716 W. Central in Wichita.
If you do not qualify for a free flu shot, please visit your primary care physician or neighborhood pharmacy to receive one. Flu shots are recommended for anyone older than 6 months, unless otherwise directed by a physician. It is important to get a flu shot every year, as the most prevalent flu strain(s) is usually different from year to year. Flu shots protect the person receiving it, as well as others who are not able to receive this type of vaccination.
The first human case of West Nile virus in Sedgwick County in 2014 was
reported in late September. The case is an adult who had been traveling out of
state. The person was not hospitalized and has since recovered.
Weekly results from nine trap locations, May 13, 2014 to October 21, 2014.
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:
Learn more about West Nile virus prevention.
Week ending November 8, 2014 through week ending December 13, 2014
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