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Sedgwick County Sees First Reported West Nile Cases For The Year

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The Sedgwick County Health Department is reporting that four local adults have contracted West Nile. They’re the first instances discovered this year.

Officials with the health department say it’s typical that Sedgwick County records its first cases of West Nile around this time of year.

Chris Steward, a health protection supervisor for Sedgwick County, says West Nile does not spread from human to human. She says people should get rid of any standing water around their homes to stop mosquitos from breeding.

“Also, people can protect themselves from mosquito bites by covering their skin with clothing when they’re outdoors," Steward says. "And then, use insect repellent that contains DEET or another active ingredient that repels mosquitos.”

Symptoms of the virus range from no effect, to mild fever, to headaches and vomiting in healthy adults. In less than one percent of people who contract West Nile, mostly older individuals, there can be more severe issues like muscle weakness, tremors and paralysis.

Steward says anyone who starts feeling any symptoms attributed to the virus should see a doctor immediately.

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