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Late summer brings mosquitoes to higher West Nile virus risk



TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A new map exhibiting this week represents almost the entire risk for the West Nile virus in Kansas.

The exception, says KDHE, is the northeastern region, which is in moderate risk

"The high temperatures, combined with the rain, are the perfect combination to breed mosquitoes," says Dr. Siddhi Mankame, an infectious disease doctor at the Cotton O & Neil Clinic in Topeka

How mosquitoes make their comeback In late summer and early fall, cases of West Nile virus may increase

"There is no vaccine and there is No treatment, so prevention in this situation is better than anything else. " Mankame.

Dr. Mankame says prevention comes in a few ways ̵

1; protect yourself first by taking precautions like wearing insect repellent and wearing clothes that covers arms and legs.

Then protect your environment – check your belongings for old tires, buckets, flower pots, pools – anything that can hold stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. Drain the water – clean things like bird baths – once or twice or weekly.

The good news is that most people who become West Nile will never know, and if they notice any symptoms, they will be low. 19659004] "One in five patients gets a fever, body aches, headaches, joint pain", Dr. Mankame.

One in 150 patients will get a neuroinvasive form of West Nile that can lead to serious complications Even death is important for people to be aware of certain symptoms that you would like to have studied.

"Signs that central nervous system infection has occurred are fever and headache with neck stiffness, photosensitivity," This year, Kansas had two cases of the neuroinvasive form of West Nile, both in Johnson County.


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