First West Nile Virus Mosquitos Reported in Evanston
The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) has found the first West Nile virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes to occur in their traps in Evanston this year. Batches of mosquitoes collected on June 25, 2018, from NSMAD traps in Evanston, Glencoe and Northfield, tested positive for West Nile virus in their lab on June 26.
This year, WNV positive batches of mosquitoes have also been found in NSMAD traps located in Glenview, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles and Skokie.
While the risk of being infected with West Nile virus is low, it is increasing. The Evanston Health and Human Services Department and the NSMAD recommend 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.
For more information, please visit cityofevanston.org/mosquitoes or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, you may dial 311 directly while in Evanston.