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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. West 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. The Sedgwick County Health Department has larvicidal mosquito dunks available for Sedgwick County residents. Contact the Health Department (316) 660-7343 for more information.

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

Measles in the United States

Measles outbreaks have been occurring across the country.  The best prevention is being up to date on the MMR vaccine that covers measles, mumps and rubella.  If you are wondering if you need to be vaccinated again, the recommendations have not changed:

 CDC’s MMR vaccine routine recommendations are as follows:

For more information about MMR vaccine, visit the CDC’s vaccination website (see the Q&A on “Who Should Get MMR Vaccine?” And “Who Does Not Need MMR Vaccine?”

For more information about the current outbreak, visit the CDC website.

For more information about measles, view the SCHD Measles Fact Sheet

Have a Safe and Healthy Summer

Everyone is excited for summer and ready to spend outdoor time with friends and family. The CDC recommends the following health tips, including practical advice for travelers, swimmers, and everyone who wants to beat the summer heat.

  1. Travel abroad safely- Before traveling abroad, check the health and safety risks at your destination. Animal illnesses and drinking water may vary from your country of origin and could make people sick.

  2. Stay up to date on vaccines- Vaccines are key to protecting you from serious diseases throughout your life. CDC’s recommended immunization schedule is safe and effective at protecting your child from 14 infectious diseases like measles, chickenpox, and rubella.

  3. Swimming safety- The CDC recommends you review the latest inspection score of pool before swimming. Please visit Healthy and Safe Swimming Week website for more details.

  4. Beat the summer heat - Heat kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. Preventing heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, is important for people of all ages. The best ways to protect yourself from heat include staying cool, hydrating, finding air-conditioning during hot hours, wearing cool clothing, drinking plenty of liquids, and paying attention to heat advisories. 

  5. Prevention from mosquito bites- Follow three D's: Drain, Dress, and DEET. Drain standing water where mosquitoes live and breed, Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside, and wear DEET containing insect repellent.

  6. Food safety- Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures. CDC also recommends these food safety tips when grilling.

Notifiable Disease Investigations

Notifiable Diseases

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