The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)has discovered that four Mosquito pool traps in Reno, Shawnee and Johnson counties are positive for West Nile virus in preliminary testing, and that two birds in Shawnee County have tested positive for West Nile virus.
In addition, Kansas is reporting the first case of West Nile virus in 2017 in a person from Barton County. These findings may indicate that West Nile virus transmission could occur much earlier in 2017 than in previous years.
KDHE maintains an Arboviral Disease Surveillance web page that is updated weekly atwww.kdheks.gov The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a web page with additional information about West Nile virus and preventing mosquito bites atwww.cdc.gov
For questions about West Nile virus or other Arboviral diseases, please contact the KDHE Epidemiology hotline at (877) 427-7317.