Sedgwick County resident dies from West Nile virus (2013)

A Sedgwick County resident has died from West Nile virus, health officials confirmed to The Eagle on Thursday.

Spokeswoman Miranda Steele said she could not provide details about specific patients but said doctors as of Monday had reported three cases of West Nile this year to the state, one of which was fatal. A second case in Sedgwick County also has been confirmed, making for a total of four cases across Kansas. That case has not yet been counted in state reports.

West Nile cases have been reported in Sedgwick, Atchison and Rush counties. A Sedgwick County spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that the fatal case occurred in the county.

Late last week, Sedgwick County officials said they were investigating their first case of West Nile for the year.

That patient was an adult.

West Nile is most often spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

The county Friday posted a written statement about the case, along with this advice: “Most people with West Nile virus infection do not have any symptoms. About 20 percent of people infected experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea and vomiting. Less than 1 percent of people develop severe illness that may require hospitalization. Severe symptoms include neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors, muscle weakness, numbness, paralysis and even coma or death.”

People with symptoms should seek medical attention immediately, the statement said.

Earlier this month, the state reported that an adult from Atchison County was Kansas’ first case of the year.

State health officials said there were 57 cases of West Nile virus in Kansas in 2012, the most since the virus was first found in Kansas.

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