West Nile Found in Naperville

West Nile is back in Naperville. City crews test traps at 16 parks every week. Their most recent findings showed Seager Park along Plank Road and Pioneer Park on Washington Street had positive instances of the virus.

Crews sprayed the area and tested a new group of mosquitoes. The results showed Pioneer Park negative, but Seager positive.

They sprayed the area again and will retest in a week.

“We really focus on getting the mosquitoes before they’re adults,” said Christine Schwartzhoff, Operations Team Leader for Naperville Public Works. “That’s the most effective way to control the mosquito population.”

West Nile is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Less than one percent of people infected with West Nile develop severe symptoms including headaches and fever.

City staff recommends wearing long pants and bug spray when going outside, and make sure your home has no standing water, where mosquitoes breed.

The DuPage County Health Department reported that a trap near Naper Boulevard and Bailey Road also tested positive.

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