KDHE: Most of Kansas now at high risk for West Nile Virus

Mosquito feeding on a human host

Mosquito feeding on a human host

DRAIN STANDING WATER-Standing water is the flawless breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes in York County have tested positive for West Nile virus and Mainers should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Plus, Kerkering said the health departments are constantly monitoring mosquitoes and chickens for signs of disease.

West Nile virus can be spread to people through mosquito bites, but it is not spread from person to person.

The first West Nile Virus-related death in the state since 2016 has been reported in Yellowstone County.

However, it can develop into a severe illness and cause permanent damage to a person's central nervous system. People should also consider staying indoors during times of high mosquito activity such as dawn and dusk, and keep screens in good fix.

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When you are outdoors, use insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient. Always follow label directions.

Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning, or window and door screens. Birds and horses can also contract the virus. The origin of the virus is unknown, as the person traveled to several other states during the time prior to developing symptoms.

"Although we're moving toward the end of summer, West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost", said health department head Dr. Nirav D. Shah in a statement Wednesday.

Additionally, there has been one confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) which resulted in death. Two of them, a Suffolk County resident in her 40s and a Worcester County woman in her 70s, were admitted to hospitals. VDH has received reports of WNV [West Nile Virus] from multiple regions of the state for a combined total of 12 human cases in 2018.

Two deaths, including one in Kent County, have been reported in MI this year due to West Nile.

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