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Diseases and Illnesses

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Lake County

A mosquito pool (or batch of mosquitoes) sampled July 16 in Gurnee has tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquito pool is the first confirmed indicator of the disease's presence in Lake County in 2015. In 2014, two human cases of West Nile virus were reported in Lake County. In addition, 31 pools or batches of mosquitoes and one bird tested positive for the virus. "The Culex mosquito that carries West Nile virus thrives in hot weather," said Tony Beltran, the Health Department's Executive Director. "Now that hot summer weather is finally here, it is especially important to protect yourself against mosquito bites by following the three R's - reduce...