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West Nile Virus Detected in Oswego

Jul 17, 2015 11:42AM ● Published by Steven Jack

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The village of Oswego reported Friday that the West Nile Virus has been detected in the village.

According to a statement from the village, the virus was found by the Illinois Department of Public Health last week in mosquitos trapped for testing in two locations within the village. The Kendall County Health Department also has detected West Nile virus in mosquitos trapped in Plano, the village said.

"Despite all the rainfall we’ve had this summer, the prevalence of the virus in the mosquito population tends to amplify during mid-late summer," the village said in its release. "Positive mosquito samples have already been detected in most all of the surrounding counties including Kane, Will, DeKalb, DuPage, Cook, and Kankakee."

No human cases have been reported in Illinois so far this year, according to the IDPH.

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.
The village 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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