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Aug. 12, 2013KS |  By: Marsh

West Nile virus KDHE

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has announced the first reported case of West Nile virus for 2013.

The individual who tested positive is an adult from Atchison County. KDHE has also announced the discovery of a mosquito pool that tested positive for West Nile virus in Sedgwick County. Public Information Officer for KDHE, Aimee Rosenow says people should be cautious to protect themselves from mosquito bites by using a DEET-based mosquito repellent.

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West Nile virus cases are most common in the late summer through early fall months and is contracted from bites by infected mosquitoes. The virus is not contagious from person to person, Rosenow says, and people who have had West Nile virus are considered immune.