The district has worked closely with local officials to inform residents about the increased activity and urge the public to protect themselves with a good insect repellent in addition to inspecting their homes for any stagnant water and identifying any mosquito breeding sources, Robles added. The first mosquitoes to test positive this year for West Nile were found in late May in Glenview and Morton Grove. The federal Environmental Protection Agency said residents should "empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers".
Drain: Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water.
While most people who get the West Nile virus only get mild symptoms, there is the chance for it to develop into something more threatening.
Change water in bird baths on a weekly basis.
Although humans and horses can become ill from the infection, the disease cannot be spread from people or horses.
No cases of human contraction have been reported.
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The Saskatchewan Health Authority advised on Friday that West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in mosquitoes from two traps in Saskatoon. Symptoms include high fever, convulsions and muscle weakness, and the illness can put someone in a comatose state. Less than one per cent develop more serious central nervous system issues, she said.
Last year, there were 30 reported cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota.
Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.
DHS will continue surveillance for West Nile virus until the end of the mosquito season. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.
For more information, visit the department's West Nile virus web page.