Chicago health officials advocate vigilance to prevent West Nile virus
While the city of Chicago has not recorded any incidence of West Nile Virus in 2016, its Department of Public Health (DPH) advises residents to remain alert to the hazard as the summer season continues.
Standard precautions by area governmental agencies include regular mosquito testing, targeting potential hazardous areas, conducting outreach and spraying as appropriate.
“We are fortunate that there have been no West Nile-related illnesses in Chicago reported so far this year, however we must maintain our vigilance” Dr. Julie Morita, Chicago DPH Commissioner, said. “Although it is still early in the season, it is important to remind Chicagoans what they can do to protect themselves and their families.”
Chicago DPH reminds area dwellers to use insect repellent containing DEET or other proven ingredients; avoid letting standing water collect; and keep grass and weeds trimmed to eliminate nesting areas. Additionally, citizens are advised to wear loose-fitting and light-colored clothing, to check window and door screens for tears and repair as needed, and to stay alert to neighbors’ needs throughout their communities.
West Nile virus cannot be caught from humans, only transmitted via mosquitoes. Chicago DPH states that most mosquitoes do not carry the virus but recommends following its safety precautions.
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