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Kansas has first US West Nile case of 2005

first_img The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of one human illness, the CDC announced on Jun 20. The infection had already been found in birds, horses, and mosquitoes in 14 states this year. Authorities recommended that people limit mosquito exposure by using insect repellents and emptying any standing water where mosquitoes might lay eggs. About 1 out of 150 infected people experiences the most severe form, West Nile meningitis or encephalitis, which can sometimes be fatal. West Nile fever is less severe and doesn’t involve neurological signs. States are not required to report West Nile fever cases to the CDC. Jun 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – West Nile virus has made its US debut in the heartland this year, with Kansas reporting the first human case. CDC’s West Nile virus sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm To aid prevention, the CDC recently expanded its list of approved insect repellents by adding picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus to DEET and permethrin. People should use repellents consistently, because once WNV is endemic in an area, surges in infection rates are unpredictable, the CDC said. “This season’s first human case of West Nile virus reminds us of the importance of taking precautions to avoid becoming ill,” Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s Vectorborne Infectious Disease Division, said in a news release. “It’s impossible to predict what this year’s season will hold. So everyone who spends time outdoors should take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites and West Nile virus.” See also: A 51-year-old from Douglas County, Kan., became ill in mid-May, the KDHE announced. The case was not neuroinvasive. The first human cases of WNV infection in 2004 occurred in New Mexico and Arizona in the last week of May. WNV is spread by bites from infected mosquitoes. It was first identified in the United States in 1999 in New York. Human cases have now been found in each of the 48 contiguous states except Washington. About 17,000 Americans have contracted West Nile virus to date, the CDC said. The disease varies in severity. Most healthy people who are infected experience no illness or only a mild illness. About 20% of those infected show symptoms, typically 3 to 15 days after the mosquito bite, according to the KDHE.last_img read more

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Daily closures planned next week on S.R. 62 for patching work in Jefferson County

first_imgCanaan, IN—INDOT maintenance crews will complete deep patching operations on S.R. 62 next week between C.R. 325 E. and Flatbottom Road in eastern Jefferson County, west of Canaan.The road will close daily at this location from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday, October 7, through Friday, October 11, weather permitting.S.R. 62 will be open to local traffic only. Access to homes within the closure will be maintained.The official detour route for all thru traffic is U.S. 421 to S.R. 129.last_img

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WHS Daily Bulletin: Attention Senior Females – $500 scholarship offered

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015:Tuesday• Basketball at Mulvane.WednesdayThursdayFriday•Basketball at WHS vs  Wichita Colligate.•Regional Wrestling at Pratt 2 p.m.Saturday•Regional Wrestling at Pratt.Tuesday lunch: Fajita wrap, romaine and tomato, Spanish Rice, baby carrots, peaches.Wednesday lunch: Cheesy tuna noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, orange wedges, hot roll/jelly.Today’s news:*Special K Basketball has a home game on Friday starting at 1p.m.. Student’s can pay $1.00 at the door to watch.*Attention Senior females!  Our local Beta Sigma Phi  Rho Eta Chapter is providing a $500 scholarship to a graduating Wellington high-school female senior intending to pursue a post-high school course of study at either a college/university or other post-secondary educational institution. Applications are online under “Scholarships” on “Counseling” page and paper applications are available in the counseling office.*SENIOR GIRLS: PEO members will be here today during lunch to give out information regarding a scholarship. Please be sure to stop by their table and get the application form.*Leadership and SADD will be hosting a Dodge ball Tournament the afternoon of March 4th for $10 per team; 5 on a team.  We will also be hosting a talent show on that same day – $5 for an individual to perform; $10 for a group to perform.  Deadline to sign up for both of these events is February 25.  Students wishing to watch either event may do so for $1.  Sign up sheets for the talent show are outside the Choir Room, outside room 208, outside Officer Yunker’s office and in the main office.  The Sign up sheet for the dodge ball tournament is in the main office.*Circle of Friends needs your help: Their video has an opportunity to be shown at the Wichita Thunder Hockey game. Just go to the Arc’s Circle of Friends page on Facebook and like the Wellington Video.Guidance Office News* WHS Juniors: Looking at obtaining a degree in education? Applications are being accepted for the 26th annual Kansas Future Teacher Academy. It will be held on the campus of Emporia State University from Sunday, June 7 to Thursday, June 11. If you’d like more information, see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselor’s office.College visits during lunch:Tuesday, February 24-Fort Hays.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Death penalty clears initial Iowa Senate panel on 2-1 vote

first_imgDES MOINES — A bill that would re-establish the death penalty in Iowa has emerged in the Iowa Senate, but it’s unlikely to become law.A key member of the Iowa House who supports the concept of capital punishment tabled a similar plan last year. He concluded it costs taxpayers less to put someone in prison for life than to pay for years of legal challenges to a death sentence.Governor Kim Reynolds, when asked about the bill’s prospects during her weekly news conference, said  Senators now have an opportunity to discuss the issue.“But there’s a lot of things that go into considering that and I haven’t seen any shift from where we were last year,” Reynolds said Wednesday.House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake doesn’t sense a death penalty bill is a priority for her fellow Republicans in the House.“Sometimes I hear from people: ‘I want to do this.’ ‘I want to work on this,’” Upmeyer told Radio Iowa and The Cedar Rapids Gazette. “I have not heard that, so I guess that would surprise me if that became an issue.”Another wrinkle in this year’s debate is an announcement last August from the head of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis said the death penalty is “inadmissable” and it’s the goal of the church to abolish capital punishment worldwide. Tom Chapman of the Iowa Catholic Conference said priests are talking about the issue in their parishes.“We don’t want to commit violence to try to protect people from violence,” Chapman told Radio Iowa.Twenty Republicans in the Iowa Senate are co-sponsoring a bill to impose the death penalty on those found guilty of kidnapping, raping and killing a child. It takes the support of 26 senators to pass a bill.Iowa abolished the death penalty 54 years ago.last_img read more

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