Mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile virus have turned up in Evanston and other north suburbs for the first time this summer, according to a news release Wednesday from the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District. With no known vaccine or cure for humans, Curry said preventing mosquito bites is the best defence. Symptoms can include a fever, headache, stiffness, a rash or nausea and vomiting.
"The recent rainfall and warm weather forecast for this weekend and beyond are expected to increase mosquito activity and build-up of West Nile virus". The virus could cause potentially risky health issues in humans and is most commonly spread by mosquitos, television station KEPR reports.
In 2017, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported WNV in mosquitos, birds, and humans in 47 states and the District of Columbia.
Treat standing water that can not be eliminated, such as retention ponds or drainage ditches, with a mosquito larvicide. We have known that West Nile virus is in our area for many years. However, one infected mosquito could potentially infect many people, so it's incredibly important to avoid being bitten.
Mosquito season has arrived, and the pesky insect population is higher than years past. The risk is low right now because the culex tarsalis mosquito has been detected, and the risk will jump to moderate when the virus itself is detected.
The response to mosquito transmitted diseases in Connecticut is a collaborative inter-agency effort involving the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Connecticut (UCONN).
Using insect-repellant with DEET, IR 3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, according to product instructions.
Mosquitoes are most active in the early morning and late evening, so be careful during those times.
Dress in long sleeves and long trousers when outdoors.
Mosquito-proofing your home by fixing holes in screens, windows, and doors.