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Staff Report
3:36 pm CDT June 11, 2019

One week after a similar result in Kenilworth, mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile virus in Wilmette according to the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District. 

Mosquitoes, collected from NSMAD traps in Skokie and Wilmette on June 5, tested positive for West Nile virus in the NSMAD lab on Tuesday, June 11.

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

While the risk of being infected with West Nile virus is low at this time, 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.

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) is a local government agency responsible for controlling the regional mosquito population in order to reduce the risk of disease from mosquito borne illness and minimize the negative impact mosquitoes have on the quality of life in the municipalities of Deerfield (Cook County, east of Pfingsten Road) Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview (east of Pfingsten Road), Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles (east of Harlem Avenue), Northbrook (east of Pfingsten Road), Northfield, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka. Visit www.nsmad.com for more information.