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Lincolnwood Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile

Batches in Northbrook, Kenilworth, Skokie and Glencoe have this year as well.

Lincolnwood mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus for the first time this year.

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) said that mosquitoes caught in traps in Lincolnwood, as well as in Glencoe, on June 20 and 23 tested positive for the virus.

This year, mosquitoes have also tested positive in Northbrook, Kenilworth and Skokie.

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.

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