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Help Prevent West Nile Virus!

It's that time a year again and I am hearing so much about the West Nile Virus.  I came across these articles and wanted to share this information with you.  Please stay safe and protect yourself and your loved one. Monica Mancano, REALTOR®, MRP, AHWD, Century 21 Affiliated

Preventing bites is the key to protecting yourself, your loved ones and pets – from the West Nile virus infection.

Because some mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, it’s best to try to avoid being bitten at all.

The good news: mosquito bites are pretty easy to prevent.

Much like you take simple steps to protect your skin from the sun each day, it’s important you take these simple daily precautions to prevent bites and protect yourself from West Nile virus infection:

  1. Use an insect repellent with DEET.
  2. Wear a light-coloured long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a hat.
  3. Consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

These steps can make it harder for mosquitoes to find you, and remember: if they can’t find you, they can’t bite you!

Many community partners including townships, municipalities and park districts, also have the PPI widget posted to their homepages. Residents who click on the widget will be linked to the health department’s “Fight the Bite” page for prevention tips.

The prevention tips are based on the “4 Ds of Defense,” which include draining standing water, using insect repellent to defend yourself, dressing with long sleeves to cover your skin and being careful during the day and after dark.

For more information, click on these links:

Help prevent the spread of West Nile virus

West Niles Virus (WNV) Fact Sheet

Here's a YouTube Video on the Symtoms of West Nile Virus.

For more information, see New Release Below

Submitted by Kane County Health Department
Thursday, June 9, 2016
DuPage County Health Department
Media Inquiries: (630) 221-7374
Reports of West Nile Virus Activity
Prompt Health Department Advisory
AURORA, IL - Today, the DuPage County Health Department issued a report of two mosquito batches testing positive for the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) in Aurora and Carol Stream. 
These early reports of WNV activity are in line with similar early reports of WNV activity elsewhere in Illinois from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
According to the CDC, WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious illness. 
Residents are encouraged to protect themselves from mosquito bites and the risk of contracting WNV by remembering the 4Ds:
  • Drain: Drain those items that collect standing water around your home, yard or business. Scrub and refill pet water dishes and bird baths regularly.
  • Defend: Use an insect repellent containing DEET when outdoors and reapply according to directions.
  • Dress: Wear long pants, long sleeves and closed toe shoes when outside to cover the skin.
  • Dusk & Dawn: Wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity. 
Dead birds can often be an early sign of the presence of the virus in the environment.  Residents should report dead birds to their county health department. Only report dead birds if there is no obvious cause of death other than disease. Birds with obvious injuries such as wounds and birds found along roadways should not be reported.  Reports can be made to:
  • Kane County: 630-444-3040
  • Kendall County: 630-553-8026
  • Will County: 815-740-7631
The full text of the release issued by the DuPage County Health Department can be found at


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