First mosquitoes of the summer tests positive for West Nile in London

  • First mosquitoes of the summer tests positive for West Nile in London

First mosquitoes of the summer tests positive for West Nile in London

The KDHE says four regions of the state remain under a high-risk warning for West Nile including north central, south central, northwest and southwest Kansas. While most people recover without any long-term problems, some develop a more severe infection that can lead to complications and even death - especially those over 50 years of age, he said. About one out of 150 infected people develop swelling of the brain or brain tissue, that in some cases, can result in death. People 60 and older are more susceptible to severe WNV disease symptoms.

In the meantime, they are reminding people to protect themselves from mosquito bites by using approved insect repellant, wearing light-coloured clothing, and removing standing water.

A Mid-Michigan blood donor tested positive for West Nile virus.

Humans can contract West Nile Virus from infected mosquitoes.

Visit the KDHE WNV website weekly to learn about the current WNV risk level. West Nile can become fatal if it progresses to a neuroinvasive disease, such as encephalitis and meningitis. "So does receiving an organ transplant", according to the CDC, which also noted the risk can be lessened by wearing long sleeves and trousers, using insect repellent and keeping screens on windows and doors.

People are also encouraged to ensure that doors and windows are sealed and screens are well maintained to ensure mosquitoes don't enter the home. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed. Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used.

On Tuesday, officials said the mosquitoes were captured at Keney Park on July 24. Birds, horses and humans can get infected through a single bite.