February 5, 2016

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

No confirmed cases of Zika virus in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has not had any confirmed cases of Zika virus in Kansas.

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus disease. People can prevent themselves from getting Zika by avoiding mosquito bites. Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime and are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

When traveling to countries where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes are found, take the following steps:

Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.  

More information about Zika virus and the countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission can be found on the CDC website here: