More rain means more mosquito and increase threat of West Nile

The increase in rain in the Chicago area has brought an increase in mosquitos. And with that also comes an increase in the threat of West Nile virus.

While the weather is perfect for some mosquitoes, experts say the ones that carry the West Nile virus are having a hard time breeding so far this year.

But that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there.

Evergreen Park mayor James Saxton was bit by a West Nile carrying mosquito two years ago.  He spent 45 days in Christ Lutheran Hospital, lost 65 pounds and the use of his arms and legs for a while.

Since his diagnosis, he’s been warning anyone who will listen to cover up at dusk and dawn and use repellent with deet as well as get rid of mosquito breeding grounds: standing water.

So far no Cook County cases of West Nile have been reported,  and the four mosquito abatement districts have been spraying to keep on top of the entire mosquitoes  population. However they have found a couple of West Nile carrying mosquitoes out there, so the warning is warranted.

 

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