West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Kenilworth

Officials with the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District said Tuesday they have found mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus taken from district traps in Kenilworth.

Kenilworth joins Glenview, Lincolnwood, Evanston, Morton Grove, Northbrook and Skokie on the list of communities where mosquitoes with the virus have been found, according to Dave Zazra, communications manager for the abatement district.

Zazra said that while district officials believe that the risk of being infected with the virus is currently low, “we expect that West Nile virus activity will increase over the next few weeks.”

The district reported its first virus-positive mosquitoes during the first week of June this year, according to reports from Zazra.

On Tuesday, he reminded residents to take efforts to minimize the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes during their peak dawn and dusk feeding times; using insect repellant, and wearing loose fitting personal clothing when going outside.

Zazra also said district residents should check their property for items that can hold water, According to information on the abatement district site, water that stands still for five or more days, in items like bird baths, children’s toys left outside, tires, catch basins, ditches or back yards, becomes a potential mosquito breeding ground.

For more information on anti-mosquito practices, and on virus reports, visit the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District web site at www.nsmad.com.

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