After 56 people in DuPage County were infected with West Nile virus last year, including five fatalities, the County Board and Health Department are now bringing prevention tools to residents.
At the latest DuPage County Board Meeting, the DuPage County Health Department launched their “Fight the Bite” campaign and unveiled an electronic Personal Protection Index (PPI) to help keep residents safe.
The online widget, available on the county website, uses a four point scale, four being the highest.
“It’s a fun, engaging, instructional tool,” said County Board Chairman, Dan Cronin. “We’ve had other color coded warning systems in the past for different public health and safety issues, this is much the same.”
The widget shows the risk level of contracting West Nile virus based on the health departments most current data.
County officials will update the scale every Wednesday throughout mosquito season.
It comes at the right time because mosquitos carrying the virus have already been detected in the area, though no human cases have been reported.
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