KDHE issues West Nile virus warning in northeast Kansas

West Nile virus risk rising in southeast Sask

Between 2012 and 2017, there were 25 reported cases of West Nile virus in the state and seven reported deaths, according to a statement from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Winnebago County Health Department says it has positively identified one mosquito pool as having West Nile virus.

DHHS is not releasing more specifics on the case to protect patient confidentiality. It's the first death from the mosquito-borne illness in the state this year.

"These infections are rare, but this is a tragic reminder that they can be fatal", State Public Health Veterinarian Carl Williams said in a news release.

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The CDC says that most people infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News AppRoughly 20 percent of people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. About 1 percent of those who get West Nile will see serious damage to the central nervous system, and about 1 in 10 of those will die.

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District, a local government agency tasked with monitoring and reducing mosquito-borne illnesses, said that with the positive identification in Wilmette, all 13 of the north suburban communities that the agency serves has now had a positive batch of mosquitoes in 2018. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times, or consider staying indoors during these hours.

"Until the hard frosts of fall set in, Halton residents should continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites and remove mosquito breeding sites".

They also say the hot, dry weather is a good environment for mosquitoes that spread the virus.


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