Notice from North Shore Mosquito Abatement District

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes Found in Kenilworth

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has found the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes to occur in our trap in Kenilworth this year.

Two batches of mosquitoes, collected on July 11, 2018, from an NSMAD trap in Kenilworth, tested positive for West Nile virus in our lab on July 12.

This year, WNV positive batches of mosquitoes have also been found in NSMAD traps located in Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie and Winnetka.

The risk of being infected with West Nile virus is increasing and we consider it to be in the moderate range. Human infections typically occur during the months of July-September. 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.

Remember, if it can hold water, it can breed mosquitoes.