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Mosquito Surveillance in Sedgwick County

Each summer, Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita track mosquito numbers and implement control measures in the area in order to protect the public from diseases, such as West Nile virus, which are spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Wes Nile virus positive mosquitoes have been identified in Sedgwick County. Residents are encouraged to eliminate or treat mosquito breeding areas of standing water in their neighborhood.

Mosquite Surveillance Graph

For more information about mosquito surveillance in Sedgwick County, view the educational document

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.

Mosquitoes are the primary vector for many diseases, including West Nile virus. As the weather warms up, there is an increased chance for mosquito bites. The best way to prevent West Nile virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.

Fight the Bite!
To protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites, follow the three D's: Drain, Dress, and DEET
- Drain standing water where mosquitoes live and breed
- Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside
- Wear DEET containing insect repellant
View the Fight the Bite! poster and palm cards

Do Not Eat Recalled Foods to Prevent Foodborne Illness

On July 20, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Services announced that certain food products containing whey powder may be contaminated with Salmonella. Although no illnesses have been reported, the USDA and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend that people do not eat any of the recalled foods. 

The list of recalled foods include the following:

In the last few weeks, there have been several foods recalled due to Salmonella contamination. Many of these are linked to multi-state outbreaks.

Salmonella is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and other food poisoning symptoms. Salmonellosis is the infection the bacteria causes. To prevent salmonellosis, do not eat food that has been recalled. If you develop salmonellosis symptoms after eating one of the foods listed above, contact your healthcare provider. 

For more details, visit the CDC Salmonella webpage.

For a list of current recalls, visit the FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alerts webpage. 

Summer Safety

While summer can bring a lot of fun and free time away from school, it also brings a lot of health and safety concerns. The Sedgwick County Division of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) want to encourage you to take some extra precautions while enjoying all the experiences summer has to offer.

Safe Grilling

As summer is in full swing, you may be thinking about fun outdoor activities, including barbeques and other outdoor parties. Follow the tips below for safe grilling during the summer season:

  1. Place the grill away from the home or deck railing, and not underneath overhanging tree branches.
  2. Use propane and BBQ grills outdoors only.
  3. Wash your hands with soap after handling raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
  4. Keep meat, poultry, and seafood refrigerated until ready to grill.
  5. Do not cross-contaminate sauces or marinades with raw meat juice. Always put cooked meat on a clean plate.
  6. Children and pets should be away from the grill area; never leave your grill unattended.

For more information please refer to CDC safe grilling practice page.

Heat Safety: Keep It Cool

Sedgwick County experiences high temperatures during the summer, increasing the risk for heat-related illnesses. People at highest risk include those 65 years old and older, children younger than 2 years old, and people with chronic or mental illness.  

 Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness:

Protect Yourselves and Others from Heat-Related Illness:

For more information please refer to CDC Heat related illness page.

Notifiable Disease Investigations

Notifiable Diseases

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