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  • Adrienne Byrne, MS, Health Department Director

    Adrienne Byrne, MS
    Director

    p. 316.660-7300

    1900 E. 9th St.
    Wichita, KS 67214

    For General Questions, please contact the Division of Health 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.

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Mosquito Surveillance in Sedgwick County

Each summer, Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita track mosquito numbers and implement control measures in the area in order to protect the public from diseases, such as West Nile virus, which are spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Residents are encouraged to eliminate or treat mosquito breeding areas of standing water in their neighborhood.

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For more information about mosquito surveillance in Sedgwick County, view the educational document

The Culex species of mosquitoes are the primary vector for West Nile virus in the United States and Kansas. An increase in mosquitoes, especially Culex species, may indicate an increased risk of West Nile virus (WNV) infection in humans. WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. 

Mosquitoes are the primary vector for many diseases, including West Nile virus. As the weather warms up, there is an increased chance for mosquito bites. The best way to prevent West Nile virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.

Fight the Bite!
To protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites, follow the three D’s: Drain, Dress, and DEET
- Drain standing water where mosquitoes live and breed
- Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside
- Wear DEET containing insect repellant
View the Fight the Bite! poster and palm cards

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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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. There has been no local transmission of Zika virus in Kansas.

The primary recommended precaution is to prevent mosquito bites. 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 Division of Health


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