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County sees increase in mosquitoes with West Nile virus

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health reports a significant increase in mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus.

Fifteen mosquito batches from Aug. 27 through Thursday have tested positive, as compared with five positive batches from May through July. The recent trap locations were in Algonquin Township, Harvard, Hebron, Lake in the Hills, Nunda Township and Spring Grove.

McHenry County reported its first human case for 2013 on Aug. 21; six human cases were reported in McHenry County in 2012.

The risk of West Nile virus remains until the first hard frost. Residents should continue to use insect repellent when going outdoors in the evening, with long-sleeved shirts and long pants for extra protection.

Other tips include emptying standing water from containers around the house and making sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.  

For information on West Nile virus, visit www.mcdh.info or call 815-334-4585.

– Northwest Herald

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