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Listeria (Listeriosis)

Five cases of listeriosis in Kansas are linked to ice cream given to patients at a Kansas hospital. Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Ice cream products linked to the outbreak have been recalled by Blue Bell Creameries. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Kansas Department of Agriculture, state officials in Texas and Oklahoma, and federal partners are working together to investigate the contamination and prevent more cases. Consumers should discard any recalled product in home freezers. See the Blue Bell Creameries website for up to date information about recalled products.

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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

There are no pertussis outbreaks in Sedgwick County. Most pertussis reports the Sedgwick County Health Department investigates are not linked to other cases. In 2015, Sedgwick County reports 17 pertussis cases in which the disease investigation is complete. Cases are reported according to the year in which the person became ill.

The Health Department takes all reports of pertussis and other reportable diseases seriously. Our goal is to stop the spread of disease and protect the health of Sedgwick County residents.

You can find statewide data for reportable diseases here.

Sedgwick County Pertussis Cases


Am I At Risk?
Ebola is a rare disease and is only transmitted by direct contact with an infected person’s blood or bodily fluids. Symptoms of Ebola include: fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising. Only people who are exhibiting these symptoms AND meet one of the following criteria are at risk for having Ebola:

    1. Have recently traveled to an affected area in Africa
    2. Have had directed contact with a person who exhibiting Ebola symptoms and has recently traveled to Africa.

Ebola Fact Sheet

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

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

Notifiable Disease Investigations

Week ending February 15, 2015 through week ending March 28, 2015

Notifiable Diseases Graph by Category

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

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