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West Nile Virus

The Clarendon Blackhawk Mosquito Abatement District (MAD) is in charge of mosquito control efforts. The MAD a larval control program during summer months when mosquito populations are present. 

The MAD confirmed West Nile virus in mosquitos in local traps in May 2010. The presence of West Nile this early in the season is a result of the mild winter. While it is not unexpected, it is earlier than anticipated. Read the press release from the MAD issued May 23, 2012 here.

The West Nile Virus can be transmitted to humans from the bite of infected mosquitoes. The DuPage County Department of Health recommends taking the following precautions:

  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
  • When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.
What is West Nile Virus? 

"Encephalitis" is an inflammation of the brain caused by viruses and bacteria, including viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. West Nile encephalitis is an infection of the brain caused by West Nile virus, a flavivirus commonly found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East. It is closely related to St. Louis encephalitis virus found in the United States. It has recently moved into Illinois. 

Humans get the West Nile Virus largely from the bite of mosquitoes. Although some 150 species of mosquitoes are found in the United States, the primary transmitter of West Nile is Culex Pipiens. The female mosquito catches the virus when it bites an infected bird, and can then pass it along if it later bites a human. Humans do not get it from other humans or animals. 

What Organization Fights Mosquitoes? 

Clarendon Blackhawk Mosquito Abatement District
P.O. Box 77
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

President: R.E. Holub
1st Vice President: R.N. Quoss
2nd Vice President: W.A. Barouski
Treasurer/Secretary: A. Najera

The Clarendon Blackhawk Mosquito Abatement District is a separate taxing body and is not directed by or controlled by the Village of Clarendon Hills. Please contact the Mosquito Abatement District for further questions.

Clarendon Blackhawk Mosquito Abatement District Press Releases

August 8, 2007

June 12, 2007

Where Can I Find More Information?

Center for Disease Control

DuPage Health Department

CDC - Questions & Answers

Illinois Department of Public Health

West Nile Fever.com