First West Nile Virus case reported

By Chris Swick
June 11, 2015

Kansas has its first human case of West Nile Virus this year.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting that an adult in Lincoln County has tested positive.

West Nile can be spread to people through infected mosquitoes, but it is not contagious from person to person. Symptoms range from a slight headache and low-grade fever to swelling of the brain or brain tissue and, in rare cases, possible death.

West Nile cases are most common in the late summer and early fall months. In 2014, there were 54 reported cases of West Nile Virus.