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As of July 27, 18 positive mosquito pools (or batches) and two birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Lake County, tracking ahead of the seasonal average in Lake County. The population of nuisance mosquito species has also been higher than average.
Protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes by following the 4 Ds of Defense:
Most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms of illness. However, some may become ill usually three to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. If you start to feel achy, nauseated, have a fever, swollen lymph glands or a rash after being bitten by a mosquito, see your primary care provider.
The Health Department monitors and tests mosquito populations for West Nile virus, in coordination with Clarke (a mosquito control company) and the Lake County Forest Preserve District.
Mosquito control in Lake County is handled by municipalities and townships, as well as two mosquito abatement districts (MADs). A majority of our municipalities and townships conduct some level of mosquito control, either by larviciding (dunks that prevent eggs from hatching) or adulticiding (spraying). The Health Department’s efforts target the species of mosquitoes known to carry West Nile virus to reduce public health risk.
Find more prevention tips and information at www.FightTheBiteNow.com. Call the Health Department’s West Nile hotline to report areas of stagnant water, report locations of dead birds, and obtain more information at (847) 377-8300.