TDH has seen a recent increase in West Nile virus in mosquito testing in addition to human cases.
However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.
If you do get bitten, West Nile Symptoms include a high fever, a headache and more. Most people fully recover, but for some, it can develop into a severe illness that affects the central nervous system.
The health department recommends that county residents take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes. By Tuesday afternoon, the state department of health confirmed a second case in Harrison County.
To prevent catching West Nile, you should take measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. This mosquito type is primarily active during daytime hours unlike the previously reported mosquito type, which was active during dusk and dawn.
Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry. MA residents are also being asked to treat large pools of water on their property with larvicide and to dump any standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
"The high temperatures combined with the rainfall is the ideal combination for mosquitoes to breed", says Dr. Siddhi Mankame, an infectious disease doctor at Topeka's Cotton O'Neil Clinic.
Last year, in Georgia almost 48 cases of West Nile were reported, with at least seven deaths.
A new map out this week puts almost all of Kansas in high risk for West Nile Virus. As of Friday, 31 human cases have been confirmed and this number is expected to grow throughout the next few weeks.
"Several individuals from the same area have developed West Nile virus", said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.