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WEST NILE VIRUS

 

The West Nile virus is bad for women that are expecting and can cause retardation in their unborn child.  Pregnant women should be encouraged to wear repellent when going outside.  According to the Center for Disease Control, it is recommended that children use repellents containing <10% DEET and adults use repellents containing <50% DEET.  Also, when possible, limit outdoor activity at dusk.  The West Nile virus is NOT spread by person to person contact or directly from birds to humans, but is contracted from the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus.  Mosquitoes can also infect dogs with heart worm.  The worms live in the heart and can severely weaken or kill your dog.  Medication can be obtained from your vet.

Our residents are encouraged to look around their property to see if there is anything on their property for the breeding of mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes are annoying insects because the female bites in order to acquire a blood meal for the development of her eggs.  Female mosquitoes not only bite people, but also other animals including birds, mammals, frogs, and snakes.  Mosquito larvae or "wriggles" must live in still water for five or more days to complete their growth cycle before becoming adult mosquitoes capable of transmitting disease.  Currently 2,500 different species of mosquitoes occur worldwide, with 150 species in the US.  Only 64 species are found in the State of Illinois.  Often the number of mosquitoes in an area can be reduced by removing sources of standing water.

* discard old tires, drums, or any water holding containers

* keep roof gutter and down spouts clear of debris

* keep trash container covered

* empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use

* fill in tree knot holes and hollow stumps that hold water

* change the water in bird baths and plant urns at least once a week

 

This information was provided by Marge Keenan-Denniston, Clerk ow Warren Township

 

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