As September continues to provide very warm days, the Will County Health Department's Environmental Division continues to check their mosquito traps for positive West Nile Virus samples.
The latest samples taken produced six additional batches of mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile Virus. These samples were found in the following Health Department traps: two in Shorewood (collected 9/7 and 9/13), New Lenox (9/6), Mokena (9/6), Crete (9/5), and in Joliet near Sunny Hill Nursing Home (9/14).
So far during the 2017 mosquito season, the Will County Health Department has tested 203 mosquito batches, 47 of which have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The Will County Health Department operates a total of 12 mosquito traps.
As reported earlier this week by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the recent passing of a Kankakee County resident was Illinois' first West Nile Virus death of the year. Last year in Illinois there were six West Nile Virus deaths. The total number of human cases is also down this year, from 155 in 2016 to 37 so far in 2017.
West Nile Virus is passed on to humans when they are bitten by a Culex mosquito that has bitten an infected bird. The Will County Health Department has tested five birds this year, none of which were West Nile Virus-positive.
Will County residents continue to be advised to wear long sleeves and long pants during peak mosquito hours between dusk and dawn, as well as to use insect repellent containing DEET.