Third case of Zika virus in Kansas reported

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) A third person in Kansas now has Zika virus. The person is a resident of Johnson County.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment said the person has a travel-associated case. JCDHE said the person has a history of visiting an area where mosquitoes are spreading Zika virus.

“Because this case was acquired while traveling, we want to emphasize that the risk of contracting Zika virus in our area is extremely low,” JCDHE Director Lougene Marsh said in a news release. “We have provided information to the individual about avoiding mosquito bites to prevent further spread of the virus."

JCDHE reported it is working with the University of Kansas on a study to learn the extent of potential Zika-carrying mosquitoes in Johnson County.

For more information about the Zika virus, go to KDHE's special page on it's website. That link is to the right of this story.