Health Department Reports West Nile Activity
June 8, 2017 DuPage County Health Department -- Reports of area mosquito batches testing positive for the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) have prompted the DuPage County Health Department to encourage county residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites and the risk of contracting WNV.
The Health Department launched its countywide WNV surveillance program recently and already found positive reports of mosquitoes trapped, including a trap at Bartlett Public Works wastewater treatment facility. These early reports of WNV activity are in line with similar early reports of WNV activity elsewhere in Illinois from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The Health Department is again using the Personal Protection Index (PPI) widget on its website, which is an easy-to-understand alert system that informs the public about the risk of contracting WNV, as well as the steps that should be taken to protect themselves and their families.
The PPI widget provides residents with a real-time snapshot of WNV activity in the county, which ranges from zero to three, zero meaning there is no risk and three announcing a high level of risk with multiple confirmed human cases of WNV. The widget is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. You can see the widget using the link in the paragraph above or find it and more information on the Village's mosquito abatement webpage.
To protect against mosquitoes, the Illinois Department of Public Health promotes the 3Rs:
REDUCE the number of mosquitoes and get rid of containers outside that hold water
REPEL mosquitoes by using insect repellent
REPORT areas where water sits for more than a week