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First West Nile Positive
June 21, 2017
West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes Found in Glenview
The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has found the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes to occur in our traps in Glenview this year.
Two batches of mosquitoes, collected on June 19, 2017, from a NSMAD trap in Glenview, tested positive for West Nile virus in our lab on June 21.
This year, WNV positive batches of mosquitoes have also been found in NSMAD traps located in Evanston, Morton Grove, Niles and Skokie.
While the risk of being infected with West Nile virus is low at this time of year, 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.
NSMAD Weekly Report
June 21, 2017
Click the following link to read the NSMAD Weekly Report – Week 24, June 11 – June 17, 2017.
February 23, 2017
NSMAD to participate in CDC Regional Center of Excellence
The NSMAD is pleased to announce our participation in the Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Disease, a consortium of universities and public agencies with the ultimate goal of helping to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes, ticks and other vectors.
A grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the amount of $10 million, was awarded to a group led by the University of Wisconsin. Collaborators include the University of Illinois, Michigan State University, Loyola Chicago University, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University and University of Iowa. In addition to the NSMAD, The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District in St. Paul, MN is the other vector control agency participating.
Zika Virus Information
Updated Spetember 21, 2016
The NSMAD recently drafted a formal Zika Virus Operational Plan. Please click here to read more.
What You Need To Know About Zika Virus
- The species of mosquitoes that are best able to transmit the virus, Aedes aegypti, have not been not found in the area the NSMAD serves
- A small population of a potential secondary vector Aedes albopictus, has recently been found in a limited area of the District
- The risk of contracting Zika virus from the bite of a mosquito witihin the area served by the NSMAD remains extremely low
- People traveling to countries where it is present are the most susceptible
- Illinois Department of Public Health, Zika information: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/zika
- Cook County Department of Public Health Zika information: http://cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/zika-virus
- US Centers for Disease Control Zika information: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
Please be assured that the NSMAD is prepared to control any species of mosquitoes that could potentially transmit illnesses to humans should they appear in our area.
Did You Know?
West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in New York in 1999. Learn more about West Nile virus>>
We don’t just spray to reduce the number of adult mosquitoes. 90% of our abatement program is focused on larval control, including the use of mosquito fish that love to eat larvae. Learn more about our larval control methods>>