The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) has found the first West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes to occur in their traps in Lincolnwood this year. Two batches of mosquitoes, collected on June 10, 2020, from a NSMAD trap in Lincolnwood, tested positive for WNV in their lab on June 11, 2020. This year, WNV positive batches of mosquitoes have also been found in NSMAD traps in Evanston. Please visit the NSMAD website to see the most current test results.
While the risk of being infected with the West Nile virus is low at this time, 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.
For more information, contact NSMAD at (847) 446-9434 or visit their website here.