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The City of Evanston’s Health Department announced mosquitoes collected in Evanston recently tested positive for West Nile virus. Mosquitoes were collected by the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District on June 18 and were the first to test positive for West Nile virus this year. Public health officials say they believe a hot summer could increase mosquito activity and the risk of disease from West Nile virus.

“To protect yourself against illness, wear insect repellent and get rid of any stagnant water around your home to reduce the number of mosquitoes,” said Evanston Health Department Director Evonda Thomas.

Citizens who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact the Evanston Health Department at 3-1-1 or health@cityofevanston.org. Health Department staff will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.