More Human Cases of West Nile

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Six new human cases were confirmed today by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, bringing the state's total to 15 human cases this year.

All of the patients have survived.

The newly-confirmed cases include: an 83-year old in Clay County; a 46-year old in Harper County; a 27-year-old in Ellis County; and 67-, 43-, and 29-year-olds in Reno County.

All cases had onsets between mid-August and the end of September.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans when a mosquito bites a human after biting an infected bird. Due to cold weather, the health department does not expect West Nile virus to reappear in Kansas until next summer.

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