|June 27, 2003||West Nile
Virus Web site
MOSQUITO POOLS IN LAKE AND DUPAGE COUNTIES POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that four mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus. Three of the pools were collected in Lake County and one was collected in DuPage County.
These are the first mosquito batches to test positive for West Nile virus since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began on May 1. Two birds also have tested positive for the virus one in Henderson County and another in Kankakee County.
Because the virus is present in Illinois, Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, recommends individuals take a number of precautions to reduce contact with mosquitoes:
Some communities conduct mosquito control programs. If you have a question about the local program, please contact your village or city government office.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Departments Web site: www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm or obtained by contacting the Departments West Nile virus toll-free hotline at 1-866-369-9710.
EDITORS NOTE: Additional confirmations of birds and mosquitoes identified with West Nile virus will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Departments Web site.
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
Questions or Comments