West Nile Virus death in Sedgwick County confirmed

Mosquito (KSN File Photo)

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Sedgwick County, Kansas – One person from Sedgwick County has died from the West Nile Virus.

“We can confirm that there are three cases reporting to our office of West Nile in humans in Kansas,” says Miranda Steele with KDHE. “And we can confirm there has been one death associated with the virus this year.”

Add case number four. The update as of Thursday afternoon raises the number to 2 in Sedgwick, one in Rush and Atchison Counties.

Sedgwick County has one person recovering. But in the second case, a person has died.

“One that is of the neuro invasive type that is a more invasive,” says Seth Konkel of the Sedgwick County Health Department in Sedgwick County. “It… can cause paralysis and other types of major issues.”

Officials say, with all the recent rains, there are plenty of mosquitoes in Kansas. And residents are cautioned to avoid mosquitoes and take precautions.

“Because, West Nile can be deadly we are urging everyone to use products with DEET to keep mosquitoes away,” says Steele.


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