Lake County

Lake County (Tribune illustration / March 12, 2012)

West Nile virus was found in Deerfield, the first confirmed presence in Lake County this year, according to a Lake County Health Department news release.

On July 8, a Deerfield mosquito pool that was sampled tested positive for West Nile virus, the release said. Last year, there were five human cases, two birds and 41 mosquito pools that tested positive in Lake County.

"Hot weather typically increases mosquito activity," Tony Beltran, the health department's executive director, said in the news release. "You can protect yourself against mosquito bites by following the three R's - reduce your exposure to mosquitoes, repel them by wearing insect repellent and report areas where mosquitoes typically breed."

Lake County residents who want to report areas of stagnant water or get more information on West Nile virus can call the county hotline: (847) 377-8300.

Lake County Health Department recommendations include: discarding old tires, buckets, drums or any water holding containers; keep roof gutters and downspouts clear of debris; keeping trash containers covered; emptying plastic wading pools at least once a week; and changing water in bird baths and plant urns at least once a week.

To prevent mosquito bites, county officials recommend limiting outdoor activity at dusk, wearing light-colored clothing and applying insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535.

Consult a physician before using repellents on infants, the news release said.

More information can be found at : http://health.lakecountyil.gov/Population/Pages/West-Nile-Virus.aspx.

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