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The City’s Health Department would like to remind residents that West Nile Virus season has begun. In 2012 a warm spring and hot, dry summer resulted in more mosquitoes and more than 10 human cases of West Nile Virus in Evanston. Health Director Evonda Thomas-Smith is asking for help from residents to prevent West Nile Virus.

“Mosquitoes can breed in your backyard, in kids’ toys, pet bowls, bird baths and gutters,” said Ms. Thomas-Smith. “We ask that residents look at their properties to locate standing water or items that could possibly hold standing water. Mosquitos that carry the virus hatch their eggs in stagnant water. Even very small amounts of water collected at the bottom of a plastic cup can harbor mosquito larva. Take precautions to avoid mosquitoes and practice the three Rs – reduce, repel and report.”

The City of Evanston works with the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (NSMAD) to help keep West Nile Virus under control. The District treats catch basins throughout the City during the spring so mosquitoes do not grow to adulthood and sprays to control adult mosquitoes when the population of adult mosquitoes gets too great.

The Health Department provides education to residents, sets traps and tests mosquitoes for West Nile Virus weekly, and collects dead birds for testing.