West Nile virus mosquitoes found in Evanston


The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District found West Nile virus positive mosquitoes this week in Evanston.

A batch of mosquitoes collected on Wednesday from a NSMAD trap in Evanston tested positive for West Nile virus in the agency's lab on Thursday.

So far this year West Nile virus positive batches of mosquitoes have also been found in NSMAD traps in Glenview, Kenilworth and Skokie.

While the risk of being infected with West Nile virus is low at this time of year, 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 the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District via email at nsmad@nsmad.com or call 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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