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The best way to prevent West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites:• Use insect repellents with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus when you go outdoors.• Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk.• Install or repair screens on windows and doors.• Empty standing water from items outside your home such as gutters, flowerpots, buckets, kiddie pools, and birdbaths. Water that is allowed to stagnate for three or four days becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes.• Keep weeds and grass cut short and keep gutters clean and free of debris.Most people infected with WNV have no symptoms of illness and never become ill. But illness can occur 3-15 days after an infected mosquito bite and cause symptoms of fever, headache and body aches. People over the age of 50 are at a higher risk for serious complications from encephalitis or meningitis. For that reason, people who experience high fever, confusion, muscle weakness, severe headaches, or a stiff neck should see a doctor immediately.For more information, please visit, www.cookcountypublichealth.org Fighting Mosquitoes and the West Nile VirusThe fight continues until the colder weather sets in and the mosquitoes disappear until next year.
Mosquito Spraying Information & Reporting Dead Bird Findings For residents east of Pfingsten, contact the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District at 847/446-9434 or www.nsmad.com For residents west of Pfingsten, contact Northwest Mosquito Abatement District at847/537-2306 or www.nwmadil.com Prevention is Still Your Best Defense!Eliminate Every Possibility of Mosquitoes Breeding On Your Property! The best way to prevent West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and neighborhood. Remember to thoroughly inspect YOUR property and eliminate “mosquito breeding habitats” such as any standing water. Make sure bird bath water is changed frequently and eliminate containers that hold water. Other concerns include swimming pools that are not in service as well as improperly maintained compost piles.Take Precautions to Avoid Mosquito BitesRepellents are an important tool to assist people in protecting themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. Be sure to visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/ for more information on West Nile Virus.
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