Sedgwick County Health Department monitors mosquitoes for West Nile

WICHITA, Kansas – With the weather improving over the holiday weekend, so increases the prevalence of mosquitoes.

With public concerns over the West Nile Virus, the Sedgwick County Health Department is diligently monitoring the mosquito population.

Experts tell us that there are 30 to 40 mosquito species in Sedgwick County, but only a few of those species carry the West Nile Virus.

“By monitoring mosquito populations, we can tell where and when we’ve got the greatest potential for West Nile Virus to be transmitted,” said Christopher Rogers, Kansas Biological Survey. ”If I find a large number of West Nile Virus species, that data goes to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and KDHE talks to Sedgwick County Health, and Sedgwick County Health goes to those areas and does what control they can.”

For more information about the mosquito surveillance in Sedgwick County, click here.

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