West Nile mosquitoes found in Westchester

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West Nile mosquitoes found in Westchester

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the north central, south central, northwest and southwest regions of the state are under a high-risk warning for the virus.

Most people infected with the virus do not have symptoms. In rare cases, people develop severe illnesses like meningitis, which can be deadly.

Symptoms of West Nile are similar to that of the flu, but only about 20 percent of victims show signs of the disease, which can take three to 14 days to incubate, according to the World Health Organization. "People who have had WNV before are considered immune", the KDHE says.

The West Nile Virus has rears its ugly head in London for the first time this season. Culex species can carry West Nile Virus while Aedes mosquitoes can carry Zika virus. Visit Michigan.gov/westnilevirus to find maps of current WNV activity in Michigan by county.

Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while you are outdoors. Knowing which kinds of mosquitoes are active in our state is critical for our disease prevention strategies.

People are also encouraged to ensure that doors and windows are sealed and screens are well maintained to ensure mosquitoes don't enter the home.

To keep mosquitoes away, start by controlling their most common breeding sites.

It all starts when "mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds". Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used.

West Nile does not spread through coughing and sneezing or touching a live animal that's infected with the virus. Although there have been no cases reported to the KDHE in 2018, there have been more than 600 cases of the most severe form of WNV and 30 deaths in Kansas from 1999-2017.

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