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NSMAD Weekly Report
October 5, 2016
Our surveillance indicates that the risk to humans from West Nile Virus is low witihin the NSMAD. Please take precautions to minimize your risk of infection by wearing repellent and taking steps to avoid mosquito bites.
Aedes albopictus Information
A total of five Aedes albopictus adults were collected during week 40. Three were collected in the gravid trap located in Skokie where they were originally found. Two additional specimens were collected in one BG Sentinel trap located approximately 500 feet from the original collection site. We have collected a total of 61 Ae. albopictus through September 30, 2016.
We are continuing to assess the extent of the infestation through door-to-door inspections, BG Sentinel Traps and BG Gravid Aedes Traps (GAT). While Ae. albopictus are competent vectors of Zika virus in the lab, they have not been associated with outbreaks of Zika virus in the field. This means that the risk of Zika virus transmission via mosquitoes remains exceedingly low within the area served by the NSMAD.
Click below to see the NSMAD Weekly Report for the period September 25 – October 1, 2016. This will be the final weekly report for this year. A summary of the 2016 season will be posted later in October.
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>>