An adult from Atchison County is the first reported case of West Nile virus infection this year in Kansas, state health officials announced Thursday.
The disease, which is most common in late summer and early fall, is spread to people through bites from infected mosquitoes. The first infected mosquitoes this year in Kansas were discovered recently among a sample of mosquitoes collected in Sedgwick County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said.
Last year, Kansas had 57 reported cases of West Nile virus, the most case since the virus first appeared in the state in 2002.
Symptoms of West Nile virus infection range from mild headache and low fever to brain swelling and, in rare cases, death. People who have been infected previously are considered immune. KDHE recommends precautions such as using insect repellent, wearing clothes that cover arms and legs, and draining standing water outdoors where mosquitoes can breed.
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