Health officials say mosquitoes that can transmit a new mosquito-borne virus have been found in Kansas, though there haven’t been confirmed cases of the virus among people.
Chikungunya is a new mosquito-borne virus that’s spread quickly in the Caribbean since December.
There haven't been any confirmed cases of the virus in Kansas. But state epidemiologist Charles Hunt says two types of mosquitoes that can transmit the disease have been found in the state. Hunt says the disease isn’t normally fatal, and symptoms can include fever, muscle and joint pain, rash and headaches.
The Sedgwick County Health Department plans to offer free HIV tests this week as part of National HIV Testing Day.
The procedures will be offered Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the department’s main clinic in Wichita.
National HIV Testing Day began in 1995 to promote testing and early diagnosis.
The health department says more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, with about one in five unaware of being infected. The agency says people in treatment have a 96 percent reduction in transmission rates.
A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services says the average out-of-pocket cost in Kansas for individual health insurance through the new federal marketplace is $67 a month. Bryan Thompson has more.
The report says the actual premium averages $290 a month, but most people qualify for a federal tax credit that covers three-fourths of that amount.
In fact, a little more than three out of every four Kansans buying insurance through the federal exchange qualify for some level of income-based tax credit.
One of the most heartbreaking things for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s is that there are very few ways for them to communicate. The Roth Project: Music Memories has partnered with the local Alzheimer's Association in an effort to help families connect with those living with the disease through a new iPod Therapy Program. A Wichita woman living with Alzheimer’s has experienced a bit of a breakthrough through therapy with music.
A partnership between hospitals in Wichita has a lofty goal: to make Wichita the safest place in the nation to undergo surgery. As Bryan Thompson explains, the key is a standardized pre-op checklist, no matter where the surgery is being performed, or by whom.
The Saline County Commission has refused to reconsider a vote rejecting a federal grant to provide a type of birth control to county residents.
Two weeks ago, the commission rejected a $6,064 grant through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for intrauterine devices--or IUDs--, after one commissioner said the devices are equal to murder.
After being strongly criticized, the commission said it would reconsider that vote.
Yesterday, commissioners heard from citizens and doctors who offered differing views on whether IUDs caused abortions.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that Kansas spends over a billion dollars a year in healthcare costs directly linked to smoking. The state once had one of the nation’s lowest percentages of smokers, but decline hasn’t been as rapid as other states – it now ranks 25th in the nation.