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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has found the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in the District this year.

Five batches of mosquitoes, collected between May 20 and May 22, 2019, tested positive for West Nile virus in the district's lab on May 23. The mosquitoes were collected from NSMAD traps in Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Northbrook and Winnetka.

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.

Glenview east of Pfingsten Road is included in the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District. The area south of Central Road and west of Washington Road are covered by the Northwest Mosquito Abatement District. Portions west of Pfingsten Road are covered by the Cook County Department of Health.