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Mosquito Trapping and Monitoring

Weekly results from nine trap locations, May 13, 2014 to August 26, 2014.

Mosquito Surveillance in Sedgwick County

The graph shows the number of mosquitoes indentified in traps set in Sedgwick County (in and around the Wichita metropolitan area). Mosquito trapping is performed by the Kansas Biological Survey and coordinated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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.

Fight the Bite! Avoid mosquito bites by following the three Ds:

  • DRAIN: Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes live and breed
  • DRESS: Cover your skin with clothing when outdoors
  • DEET: Use insect repellents that contain DEET

Learn more about West Nile virus prevention.

Notifiable Disease Investigations

 Week ending July 12, 2014 through week ending August 23, 2014

Notifiable Diseases Graph by Category

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