June 23, 2024

KDHE has issued a high risk warning for West Nile Virus

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a high-risk warning for West Nile Virus (WNV) infections for all regions of the state except the southeast region which is at a moderate risk level.

West Nile Virus is carried and transmitted by mosquitoes and can infect humans, horses, birds and other species. “With more widespread virus activity this year than in previous years, it’s important to take mosquito bite prevention measures to protect yourself, your family, and livestock against mosquito-borne illnesses,” said Dr. Erin Petro, State Public Health Veterinarian.

Recommended prevention actions include:
Using insect repellent that contains DEET or other EPA-approved repellents including picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.
Covering your skin with clothing when outdoors by wearing long sleeves and pants when practical.
Limiting outdoor activities during peak mosquito activity times – dusk and dawn.
Using screens on windows and doors and repairing holes to keep mosquitoes outdoors.
Eliminating sources of standing water to prevent breeding sites.
Talking with a veterinarian about vaccinations for horses against WNV.

Keep up-to-date on risk level by visiting: https://bit.ly/3PCeTrl