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The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has found the first indications of West Nile virus activity in the District this year. Mosquitoes collected in Evanston, Morton Grove, and Skokie between June 2 and 5, tested positive for West Nile virus in the lab on June 6.

While the risk of being infected with West Nile virus is low at this time of year, the NSMAD recommends that residents take personal protection measures to minimize mosquito bites including using insect repellent, wearing loose fitting clothing, and avoiding peak mosquito feeding times during the hours around dawn and dusk. Residents are urged to examine their property and eliminate any items that can hold water, particularly smaller items that may be easily overlooked.

Residents should remember that whatever can hold water can breed mosquitoes.