The Will County Health Department Environmental Division is reporting ten additional mosquito batches that tested positive for West Nile Virus. This brings the Health Department's numbers to 172 samples tested from their traps this year, with a total of 35 testing positive for WNV. In addition, 21 positive samples have come from municipalities that run their own tests; bringing the county's total positive sample number to 54.
Recent positive samples collected by Will County Health Department traps included from the following locations: Lockport, Frankfort, and Mokena (two each from those areas), Plainfield (first positive sample of the season), the Joliet trap near Sunny Hill Nursing Home, the Bolingbrook Trout Fish Farm trap, and Manhattan.
The Health Department operates a total of 12 mosquito traps. West Nile Virus is passed on to humans when they are bitten by a Culex mosquito that has bitten an infected bird.
Will County residents are advised to wear long sleeves and long pants during peak mosquito hours between dusk and dawn, and to use insect repellent containing DEET.