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2 cases of West Nile reported in Johnson County

2 cases of West Nile reported in Johnson County
Posted at 5:28 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 18:28:33-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Health officials are warning of two cases of West Nile virus in Johnson County, Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed the two cases Tuesday but say that four regions of the state remain on alert – north central, south central, northwest and southwest Kansas.

“Although for most people West Nile virus may not cause a great deal of concern, we encourage residents, especially our vulnerable populations, to take steps to prevent infection because of the potential for complications,” Dr. Greg Lakin, KDHE’s chief medical officer, said in a news release Tuesday.

The virus is spread not from person-to-person but from mosquito bites.

Health officials say one in five people bitten by an infected mosquito develop symptoms.

Tips to limit your exposure to the virus are on KDHE’s website.