West Nile


West Nile Virus has been found in the state, and the Kansas Department of Heath and Environment (KDHE) believes that the virus may be a problem earlier this year than previous years.

The virus was found in pools collected from mosquito traps in Shawnee, Johnson and Reno counties. They also found the virus in two birds.

The first case of West Nile virus in 2017 was reported by a person from Barton County. KDHE says that this indicates that problems could develop much earlier than in previous years.


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.

West Nile Back In Kansas

Aug 12, 2013

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says an adult from Atchison County has the state's first case of West Nile virus this year.

KDHE says on its website that a mosquito sample in Sedgwick County has also tested positive for West Nile, a virus that can be spread to people through bites from infected mosquitoes, but is not contagious from person to person. Symptoms include headaches and low-grade fever to swelling of the brain.

West Nile virus cases are most common in the late summer and early fall months.