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Enterovirus is a common virus that usually causes no symptoms or mild cold-like (respiratory) symptoms, especially in infants, children and teens.

Recently, Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City noticed a dramatic increase in hospitalized children with severe respiratory symptoms. Because of the increase in cases, specimens were tested at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and found positive for a specific type of enterovirus, enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). More than half of the hospitalized children had a history of asthma or wheezing.

Hospitals in Wichita are not reporting an increase in respiratory illness. No EV-D68 has been identified in Sedgwick County.

You cannot tell if a child with a cold has enterovirus. There are many viruses that cause cold-like symptoms and most of the time a person's body fights the mild infection successfully. Seek medical attention if you or a child under your care is having trouble breathing. Children who have asthma should be monitored carefully.

Enterovirus is spread through contact with nose and mouth secretions. There is no specific treatment for enterovirus and other respiratory viruses other than managing symptoms (fever reducer, inhaler, etc.).

Prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet or changing diapers
  • Avoiding close contact, such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

Mosquito Trapping and Monitoring

Weekly results from nine trap locations, May 13, 2014 to September 2, 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 August 2, 2014 through week ending September 6, 2014

Notifiable Diseases Graph by Category

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