The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has found a second batch of West Nile virus positive mosquitoes in traps in Evanston.

A batch of mosquitoes collected July 17 from an NSMAD trap in Evanston tested positive for West Nile virus in NSMAD’s lab on July 21. This follows an earlier positive test from a batch of mosquitoes collected in Evanston on June 5.

While the risk of being infected with West Nile virus is low at this time, NSMAD recommends that residents take personal protection measures to minimize mosquito bites, including using insect repellent, wearing loose fitting clothing, and avoiding peak mosquito feeding times during the hours around dawn and dusk.

Residents are urged to examine their property and eliminate any items that can hold water, particularly smaller items that may be easily overlooked.

Contact NSMAD by calling 847-446-9434 to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

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