Mosquitoes collected in traps in Northbrook and Kenilworth have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD). The mosquitoes were collected June 18. Mosquitoes in Skokie have also previously tested positive.
According to the NSMAD:
“West Nile virus can be transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected mosquito. Mild cases of WNV may cause a slight fever or headache. More severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever with head and body aches, disorientation, tremors, convulsions and, in the most severe cases, paralysis or death. Symptoms typically occur within three to 14 days after the bite from an infected mosquito. Persons 50 years of age or older are at the highest risk for serious illness.
The NSMAD recommends that residents take personal protection measures to minimize mosquito bites including: the use of insect repellent on exposed skin, wearing light colored, 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.