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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2003
CONTACT: Health Department Media Pager, (816) 840-2548

West Nile virus active again in Kansas City

A dead bird has tested positive for West Nile virus in Kansas City in the 64132 ZIP code. The find indicates that West Nile virus is active again this summer.

The dead bird was picked up in City Council District 5. The Health Department will no longer pick up dead birds from that district since the presence of the virus in that area has been confirmed.

Updated information on the Dead Crow Index Map can be found at http://www.kcmo.org/health/deadbird.pdf. Kansas City residents are encouraged to continue reporting dead crows and blue jays to the West Nile virus Hotline, (816) 513-6140.

There is not an effective treatment for West Nile virus, so prevention is critical. The Health Department urges residents to take the following preventive measures to reduce possible West Nile virus exposure:
Stay indoors at dawn and dusk whenever possible
Wear protective mosquito clothing, including light-colored long-sleeved shirts and pants
Carefully apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothing and exposed skin, following the instructions on the product
Have window and door screens installed or repaired to keep mosquitoes out of the house
Clean up standing water outside, dump bird baths, plant saucers, rain gauges, toys and other containers that may hold water, every three to five days
Alert the Kansas City, Mo., Health Department to potential mosquito breeding sites in your area.

    
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