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Mosquitoes with West Nile virus in Chicago suburbs

This week, one mosquito pool has tested positive for in Skokie. The authorities said that no human cases reported, but urges residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

 

SKOKIE, IL.--- Health officials said the first identified mosquitoes carrying the deadly virus in Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn at the beginning of May. After further analysis, they discovered the West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes in Evanston and this week in Skokie.

 

The Skokie Health Department works with the Northshore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) to monitor mosquito activity.

 

The Skokie Health Department wishes to alert residents that mosquitoes positive for West Nile Virus have been identified in nearby communities. The Health Department urges residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. Measures you can take to reduce your risk of being bitten include:

• Staying indoors at dawn, dusk or early evening; wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors; spraying clothes.

• Remove standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

• Clean and maintain any catch basins that may be on the property.

• Change the water in birdbaths and plant pots at least once a week.

• Empty plastic pools at the end of each day and store indoors.

• Keep grass and shrubbery cut short. Adult mosquitoes accumulate in cool, shady areas.

• Keep gutters clean and free-flowing. Eliminate dips and low areas that collect water.

• Don’t let water stand on flat roofs.

 

Most people infected with the virus will have few or mild symptoms including fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes. Severe infections can include headache, high fever, stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis and rarely death. Symptoms generally occur three to 14 days following the bite of an infected mosquito. Anyone can get WNV, however, people over 50 years old or individuals with a weakened immune system have the highest risk of developing severe illness. If you experience any of these symptoms you should contact your personal physician. (SOURCE: Skokie Health Department)

 

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