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Officials urge use of mosquito repellent to ward off West Nile

July 6, 2006

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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.

Comments

Sigmund 8 years, 11 months ago

"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."

Boy is this going to make the ecomentalist mad. First use man made chemicals to proctect human life from mosquitos, then drain the Lawrence swamp. Next they will recommend filling in the swamp with asphalt and then finally building the SLT.

aeroscout17 8 years, 11 months ago

Once again, a healthy properly functioning wetland does little to increase mosquito populations as most of the larvae are eaten by other organisms. It is old tires, empty buckets, birdbaths, etc. that really contribute to the the problem.

acg 8 years, 11 months ago

Mosquitos carry West Nile. Mosquito bites are prevented by repellent. Did we need officials to tell us this, officially, and stuff?

ladysilk 8 years, 11 months ago

iblong...I am laughing my a** off over here at KDHE :)

gphawk89 8 years, 11 months ago

There are also some new repellents just out with a different active ingredient - Picaridin. Supposedly safer for kids and pregnant women, according to the CDC. It doesn't smell as bad as DEET and doesn't melt plastic in high concentrations. Supposedly as effective as DEET for mosquitos but not as effective for ticks.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years, 11 months ago

Ah yes, the "properly functioning wetland" crowd is out again attempting to juustify the violation to city ordnances that exist in the Haskell Swamp. This area of stagnant waste water is in violation of city statuates clearly and completely, yet city officials knuckle under to the pc frog crowd. Never mind the hazards and dangers of modern day plagues like West Nile Virus, we must have our swamp. A man-made swamp. In other more progressive communities, this hazard to public health would have been eliminated many years ago, in fact, would have never been created to begin with, but not in good old "Progressive Lawrence" where the wackos, geeks, and swamp and frog lovers dominate common sense and safety considerations.. What a crazy and stupid leadership arrangement we have here.

nursey 8 years, 11 months ago

What is wrong with all you people not agreeing with the article? What is wrong with warnings? Of course some things may be common sense, however those complaining would be the first to point the finger if they were infected saying they weren't properly warned. Get a grip folks! We should be thankful that someone cares! And for those who don't care, don't heed to the warning, take your chances!

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