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West Nile Virus Found in Oswego

Aug 05, 2014 08:37PM ● Published by Steven Jack

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The Kendall County Health Department this week said the West Nile Virus has been detected in Oswego.

According to Oswego Public Works Director Jennifer Hughes the virus was found in a mosquito trapped for testing within the village July 28.

Residents are encouraged to follow normal precautions to keep from getting bitten by mosquitos. The health department offers the following tips:
  • Eliminate sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including plugged gutters, flower pots, old tires, and any other receptacles that can hold water.  Flush bird baths once a week.
  • Try to avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes most likely to carry the virus are most active, especially from dusk to dawn.
  • When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and, following the labled instructions apply insect repellent that includes DEET. 
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.  Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings.  Try to keep doors and windows that are not screened, closed.
Hughes said the village will continue its mosquito abatement program which began in July. Clarke Mosquito Abatement has been treating catch basins throughout the village and periodically spraying residential neighborhoods. 

Those wishing to be informed of when spraying will occur in their area, may call 1-800-942-2555.

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