More mosquitoes in Naper have West Nile virus
Updated: September 4, 2012 6:27AM
More mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been found in Naperville.
Mosquitoes trapped in several areas throughout the city have tested positive for West Nile virus over the past two weeks. Since that time, city crews have sprayed those areas twice as a precaution using the safest chemicals available in very low volumes, city officials said.
Department of Public Works crews have also checked the areas for breeding sites and retreated catch basins.
The city of Naperville reminds residents to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites and help reduce the number of potential mosquito breeding sites around their home. Residents are encouraged to remove areas of standing water from their property, as it can act as a breeding ground for this insect.
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people who are infected with the West Nile virus have no symptoms or experience very mild symptoms three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Mild symptoms include a fever, headache and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands.
Less than 1 percent of infected people with West Nile virus will develop severe symptoms. These symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis.
The best way to prevent West Nile disease is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.