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West Nile Virus Found in Bolingbrook Mosquitoes, Again

Will County strongly advises residents to take caution, ramps up mosquito monitoring to keep up with increased West Nile Virus threat.

For more information about West Nile Virus, check out this site from the Illinois Health Department

mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus for the second time this summer, according to the Will County Health Department. 

Mosquitoes collected from monitoring sites in Joliet, Shorewood, Bolingbrook and Frankfort on July 24 all tested positive. That brings the total in Will County to six West Nile Virus positives. 

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Two human WNV cases have been identified so far. Both were women living in Cook County. A blue jay collected in Wilmington and a robin taken from Plainfield have also tested WNV-positive, according to the Will County Health Department.

The Health Department is "accelerating mosquito monitoring in order to keep pace with what appears to be a burgeoning WNV potential," according to a release.

There are currently 15 mosquito monitoring sites in the county, including two in Bolingbrook.  

All monitoring sites are currently harvested twice weekly. Selected sites will now be visited three times a week and additional monitoring sites may be added. 

At least 26 Illinois counties have reported West Nile Virus activity this summer, with the majority of confirmations emanating from Chicagoland, according to a release.

"Through July 24, 315 of the state’s 375 WNV-positive mosquito samples (84 percent), and nine of 21 WNV-positive birds from Illinois were collected from Cook or DuPage counties," the release said. 

The summer's abnormally hot and dry weather has created "ideal conditions for the Culex pipiens mosquitoes most often implicated in human WNV transmission," according to the release.

The Health Department strongly urges residents to take personal precautions designed to prevent mosquito bites.

Persons spending long periods outdoors are advised to use insect repellents containing DEET, or other chemical compounds that deter mosquitoes. Culex mosquitoes are most active near dawn and during the early evening.

Jason July 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM
You should probably list the symptoms for those that don't know about it. When should you go to the ER? How do you know if you might be infected? What are the treatments and how severe is it? When you warn the public about West Nile then you need to also tell the public when to be concerned that they might have it. Not just, hey, mosquitos in the area have West Nile so do what you can to not get bit by one. LOL!!!
Melissa Sersland (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Updated the story with a link to the Illinois Health Department with that information.
bandit August 01, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I clicked on the link and didnt find the info, why cant you just put the information here next to the article
Mickey August 06, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Copyrighted info most likely

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