Mosquitoes with West Nile virus reported in Evanston

Khadrice Rollins, Summer Editor

The first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes were found in Evanston by the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District on Thursday.

According to a press release, the NSMAD collected a batch of mosquitoes Wednesday, and they tested positive for the virus Thursday. In addition to the mosquitoes in Evanston, the NSMAD had also collected mosquitoes in Glenview, Kenilworth and Skokie that also tested positive for West Nile virus.

The risk of getting West Nile virus is low at this time of the year, but the NSMAD still recommends people use insect repellent, wear loose fitting clothing, avoid peak mosquito feeding hours around dusk and dawn, and check their residences for objects that can hold water because mosquitoes can breed in those places.

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