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First West Nile Positive
2016’s First 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 District this year.
A batch of mosquitoes, collected on May 25, 2016, from a NSMAD trap in Glenview, tested positive for West Nile virus in our lab on May 26. Seven other batches of mosquitoes collected from the same trap this week tested negative.
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.
If you’re curious about what this summer’s mosquito season might be like, please click here, for our Preliminary Seasonal Report.
Rain Barrels, Mosquitoes & You.
Click here for important information regarding the installation and maintenance of rain barrels.
What you don’t know may breed more mosquitoes.
Updated May 3, 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
- There is no evidence of local transmission via mosquitoes in the US
- People traveling to countries where it is present are the most susceptible
- The species of mosquitoes that are best able to transmit the virus have not been not found in the area the NSMAD serves
- 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>>