Recently in Atchison County, an adult is found affected with the West Nile Virus. It is almost the first case heard so far from Kansas this year. An official statement is made by the Health and environment Department of Kansas regarding making precautionary steps to avoid further cases. It is further stated that the sample of the first positive mosquito bearing West Nile Virus is also obtained from Sedgwick County. Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), hereby, didn’t disclose the infected Adult’s name. KDHE further cited “this virus can propagate itself through the bites of infected mosquito bearing the virus. Still the virus is not transmittable from individual to individual.” The West Nile Virus can be suspected by symptoms that vary from a minor headache and a low-level fever to extreme swelling of muscles or tissues in Brain and sometimes in non-frequent case, it leads to death. Anybody who ever before was affected by West Nile Virus is treated immune against further occurrences.
The virus was firstly reported by the year 2002. Since then it was in the year 2012 when there was a highest total of 57 cases reported in Kansas. Precautionary Steps to be taken against the virus, as recommended by KDHE, are as follows:
- Proper use of insect and mosquito repellents over the skin and clothes that bear an EPA certified active ingredients, lemon eucalyptus oil, Picaridin or IR3535 when outdoors. To apply the repellent, follow the directions stated on the box carefully.
- Dusk and dawns are considered as the most crucial times as the mosquitoes are pretty active at this time. It is highly recommended to wear clothing that cover your body parts and properly use repellents.
- Keep the window screens and doors covered to keep the mosquitoes stay out of your place.
- Don’t make water allocated at nearby places to kill the mosquitoes’ breeding sites. Change the stored water in buckets, pots and barrels.
Keep a count on these points and support KDHE in their healthy mission.