The Will County Health Department Environmental Health Division is reporting eight recent mosquito batches that tested positive for West Nile Virus. This brings to a total of 25 positive samples out of the 150 samples collected so far this mosquito season.
Recent positive samples were collected at the following locations: the Joliet trap near the Health Department building (Aug 18th); Central Park in Bolingbrook (Aug 10th and 18th); the Bolingbrook Trout Fish Farm (Aug 18th); along with two samples from the Health Department's Lockport trap (both collected Aug 15th), one from the Manhattan trap (Aug 14th) and one from the Mokena trap (Aug 18th).
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 who 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.