State health officials have urged Kansans to take precautions against West Nile Virus.
State Health Officer Dr. Howard Rodenberg advises Kansans to use insect repellant with DEET, wear protective clothing and drain standing water to reduce chances of getting bitten by a mosquito infected with the virus.
No cases of the illness have been reported in the state this year, but health officials expect the virus to arrive soon.
Symptoms range from a slight headache and low-grade fever to neurological disease, and in rare cases, death. Most people have no symptoms.
Human cases are most common in the late summer and early fall months. In 2005, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed 25 West Nile cases in humans, resulting in one death.