The Grundy County Health Department has recently collected mosquitoes in the Village of Coal City and the City of Morris that have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
These samples are the first confirmed detection of the virus in the County this year. Although summer is wrapping up, the Grundy County Health Department wants to encourage everyone to continue to take steps to avoid becoming a victim of West Nile Virus or other mosquito-borne viruses.
To minimize your risks, follow the Illinois Department of Public Health’s recommended practices: Reduce, Repel and Report. It starts with Reduce exposure by avoiding the outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
You can also make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Finally, eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles, and change water in bird baths weekly. Repel the mosquitoes when outdoors by wearing shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
IDPH recommends that you apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. They encourage that you consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
For further information regarding West Nile Virus, contact the Grundy County Health Department at 815-941-3115.