Kansas resident dies from West Nile virus

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas health officials say a resident of the Wichita area has died from West Nile virus, the mosquito-borne disease that affected 57 people around the state last year.

The Wichita Eagle reports the Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed Thursday the death of a Sedgwick County resident. It’s the first West Nile death in Kansas this year.

No information about the victim or the date of death was released. Department spokeswoman Miranda Steele told The Eagle she could not provide details about specific patients.

Four cases of West Nile virus have now been confirmed in Kansas this year, including a second instance in Sedgwick County. The others were reported in Atchison County, located in northeast Kansas, and Rush County in the west-central part of the state.

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