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West Nile Virus On the Rise In Kansas

Kansas health officials say the number of residents infected with West Nile virus is on the rise. There have been 32 cases so far this year.

Twelve new cases were reported last week, according to KDHE spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow.

"Cases are most common in late summer and early fall months, and until we have that first really hard freeze, you know, mosquitoes are still out there," says Rosenow. "So it’s really important for Kansans to take precautions against mosquito bites."

Two of the 32 West Nile virus patients in Kansas have died.  KDHE is not releasing any information about those cases, including where they occurred. 

There were a total of 57 West Nile virus cases in Kansas last year.

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