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  • Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, MS, Health Department Director

    Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, MS
    Director

    p. 316.660-7300

    1900 E. 9th St.
    Wichita, KS 67214

    For General Questions, please contact the Health Department here.

    For immunization related questions, please click here.

    Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and self-pay based on a sliding scale accepted as forms of payment for services rendered.

Community Health News

What's Happening Now?

Shigellosis (Infection with the bacteria Shigella)

 The Sedgwick County Division of Health works with medical providers and other partners to investigate and stop the spread of disease. From January 1 to February 18, Sedgwick County reports 20 shigellosis cases, an increase compared to this time last year.    

Shigellosis is easily spread from person to person through contact with stool (poop) on hands, food and objects. The best way to prevent illness is to wash your hands with soap and water, especially after using the restroom or changing a diaper, and before eating or preparing food.

Shigella fact sheet
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Shigellosis 

Mumps in Surrounding States

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has reported mumps in multiple Kansas counties, but there have been no confirmed cases of mumps in Sedgwick County in 2017. Ongoing mumps outbreaks are at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri (more than 360 cases), Oklahoma (more than 500 cases), and in Arkansas (more than 2,800 cases). Many people who had mumps were fully vaccinated with two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Outbreaks can occur in vaccinated communities, particularly in close-contact settings.

Mumps is spread through contact with mouth and nose droplets. Check that you and your family members are up-to-date with the MMR vaccine. Medical providers should report suspect cases of mumps to the Sedgwick County Division of Health (316-660-5555) or Kansas Department of Health and Environment (1-877-427-7317).

Mumps fact sheet
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Influenza (Flu) Update

Influenza activity is widespread in Kansas. In the United States this year, influenza A (H3N2) is the main type, and most strains match the flu vaccine. For more information, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Influenza Surveillance website.

Influenza (flu) is a viral infection of the nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs caused by influenza viruses. There are different strains of the flu that can change annually. The best way to prevent flu is to get an annual influenza vaccination (flu shot). Other ways to prevent the spread of disease include washing hands frequently in hot water and soap; coughing and sneezing into an elbow instead of hands; eating healthy foods; getting plenty of rest; and staying home when ill.

Influenza fact sheet
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Cold versus flu fact sheet (English only)

Zika Virus

Zika virus is spread through bites from infected Aedes species mosquitoes. The majority of cases in the United States have been in travelers returning from countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

Currently, over 50 countries and territories are experiencing ongoing Zika virus transmission. The CDC has issued a Level 2 Travel Alert for these areas, indicating that travelers should practice enhanced precautions while traveling to these regions. The primary recommended precaution is to prevent mosquito bites through wearing long sleeves and long pants; using DEET containing insect repellant; wearing permethrin-treated clothing; and staying or sleeping in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms.

Zika virus infection typically causes a mild illness, and hospitalizations are rare. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes, and usually occur within two weeks of travel to a country with ongoing Zika virus transmission. There is a link between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and microcephaly in infants (smaller than normal head size). Due to this, the CDC is recommending that women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant postpone trips to areas with active Zika virus transmission.

Although the risk of sexual transmission is low, men who travel to countries with ongoing Zika virus transmission should use condoms correctly or abstain from sex during travel and for 6 months after travel. Women with or without symptoms should either wait until 8 weeks after travel or 8 weeks after symptom onset before attempting to become pregnant.

Providers who suspect Zika virus in a patient should contact the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Epidemiology Hotline at 877-427-7317 to coordinate testing.

For more information on the Zika Virus, please click on this link.

For statewide information and guidance on Zika virus, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website.

For national information and guidance on Zika virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Notifiable Disease Investigations

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Read about the epidemiology (disease investigation) program at the Sedgwick County Health Department


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