West Nile Virus

The DuPage County Health Department recently reported the first cases of West Nile Virus this year.

Infected mosquitoes were found in five communities on the County’s Southeast side, six weeks earlier than what the department considers West Nile Virus season.

“The West Nile Virus is really weather driven,” said Dave Hass, the DuPage County Health Department’s Public Communications Officer. “If people remember back, it wasn’t too many weeks ago, we had some warm weather even as early as early as March. That starts the mosquitoes to hatch and to reproduce and the population starts to grow.”

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been detected, and no bugs carrying the virus have been found in Naperville so far.

But to protect yourself use repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and get rid of standing water.

And it’s not just mosquitoes that are biting this season.

The deer tick population is also on the rise in DuPage.

“If you’re bitten, it can lead to Lyme disease, which is a serious disease which needs to be medically given some attention,” said Hass.

Ticks can be easily avoided by staying on main paths and checking clothing after being outdoors.


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