West Nile risk now ‘moderate’

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The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has elevated the risk of infection for West Nile disease in Evanston from low to moderate after having found virus positive mosquitoes in all the North Shore communities it serves.

A batch collected yesterday in a trap in Glencoe tested positive for the West Nile virus, joining Evanston, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka, the agency reported Tuesday.

The 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.

The first evidence of the virus found in Evanston this year was reported in the last week of June.

Earlier Story:

West Nile virus mosquitoes found in Evanston

 

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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