Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, MS
1900 E. 9th St.
Wichita, KS 67214
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Zika virus is spread through bites from infected Aedes species mosquitoes.
Zika virus has not been found in any United States mosquitoes. All cases in the
United States have been in travelers returning from countries where Zika virus
transmission is ongoing. Currently, over 20 countries and territories in Central
America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico are experiencing ongoing Zika
virus transmission. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has
issued a Level 2 Travel Alert for these areas, indicating that travelers should
practice enhanced precautions while traveling to these regions. There is a
potential 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 Zika virus transmission.
Currently, Zika virus testing is only available through the CDC. 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.
In 2015, Sedgwick County reports 73
pertussis cases in which the disease investigation is complete. Some
investigations from 2015 are still ongoing, so numbers may change. Cases are
reported according to the year and month in which the person became ill. Most
pertussis reports the Sedgwick County Health Department investigates are not
linked to other cases outside a household.
The Health Department works with medical
providers and Sedgwick County school nurses to investigate cases and stop the
spread of disease.
You can find statewide data for reportable diseases
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
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.
With recent heavy rains and as we move into warmer months, mosquito totals are high, as expected. 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 bite of an infected mosquito. Residents are encouraged to eliminate or treat mosquito breeding areas of standing water in their neighborhood.
The graph shows the number of mosquitoes identified 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:
Read about the epidemiology (disease investigation) program at the Sedgwick County Health Department
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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