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2014: No human West Nile virus cases have been identified in Illinois as of July 2, and no West Nile positive mosquitoes have been found in the South Lake Mosquito Abatement District yet. There have been 26 West Nile-positive mosquitoes found statewide, including 14 in Cook County, mostly along the East fork of the North branch of the Chicago River (Skokie Lagoons in Northbrook through Lincolnwood).
Welcome to the South Lake Mosquito Abatement District (SLMAD) Website. Here you will find information about mosquitoes, the dangers they pose, and how to help prevent them. If you have questions or comments regarding this website, please contact us.
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The Clarke Program update report is attached.
From WIFR.COM: SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first West Nile virus positive bird reported in Illinois for 2013. The Monroe County Health Department collected a West Nile virus positive starling on June 27, 2013 in Waterloo.
“We are now starting to see West Nile virus in both mosquitoes and birds, which means it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing West Nile virus in people,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “Remember to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of any standing water around your home.”
As of Sept. 12: Three human West Nile virus cases have been reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health to date, one each in McHenry, Morgan, and Tazewell counties. Thirteen mosquito batches have been positive for West Nile in Lake County, 3 of which have been in Deerfield. In neighboring counties, West Nile positive mosquito batches reported to date are: Cook County, 1089; DuPage, 105; Kane, 9; McHenry, 13, Will, 27. It's important to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
As of Sept. 25, Illinois has had 27 human cases of West Nile Virus reported, and two deaths. In the 6-county area, 8 cases and one death were reported in Cook County, 2 cases each in Lake and McHenry counties, one in DuPage, and none in Kane or Will counties. Of the 2468 West Nile-positive birds, mosquitoes, horses and other animals that have been identified in Illinois, here are numbers from the 6-county area: Cook, 1673; DuPage, 152; Kane, 29; Lake, 32; McHenry, 29; Will, 77.
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This is the worst year for West Nile virus infections in the U.S. since 2002. As of Aug. 24, 2012 the Illinois Health Department has recorded 41 cases of West Nile virus, with 2 deaths. About 80% of people bitten by West Nile-carrying mosquitoes have no symptoms, the 20% who do develop symptoms have fever, nausea, muscle aches, and other flu-like symptoms. At least 19 neuroinvasive cases have been reported, mainly in the 6 county area around Chicago ("neuroinvasive" means that the virus has caused paralysis, or encephalitis or meningitis, all with the probability of leaving the person with long-lasting or permanent nerve damage or memory loss).
There is no vaccine to protect against West Nile virus, and anti-viral medicines are ineffective. The best way to keep from being infected is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. Current preventive measures in South Lake Mosquito Abatement District include frequent and on-going surveillance, larvaciding and adultciding.
Preventive strategies include (click Read More below to see them):
This is a video from Clarke regarding Integrated Mosquito Management Service Program techniques.