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Wet Kansas Summer Spawns Mosquitoes

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A wet summer is spawning an outbreak of mosquitoes across Kansas. The Salina Journal reports mosquitoes are again bringing with them diseases, viruses and itching. Last year, 91 cases of West Nile virus were reported in Kansas, seven of which were fatal. No cases have been reported so far this year in the state. Aimee Rosenow, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, suggests people wear long sleeves and long pants when they go out. They should also drain any standing water and protect themselves with an insect repellent that contains at least 23 percent DEET. KDHE tests mosquitoes found in Sedgwick County for viruses, including West Nile and the new virus Chikungunya which can cause fever, joint and muscle pain in people it infects.

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