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Mosquitoes With West Nile Found In Naperville

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A culex tarsalis female mosquito that was caught in a trap will be tested for the presence of the West Nile virus. (Photo by Jeff Topping/Getty Images)

A culex tarsalis female mosquito that was caught in a trap will be tested for the presence of the West Nile virus. (Photo by Jeff Topping/Getty Images)

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (STMW) – Mosquitoes with West Nile virus have been discovered in traps at two parks in west suburban Naperville.

City officials reported the infected mosquitoes were found at Seager Park at 1163 Plank Road and Pioneer Park at 1212 S. Washington St.

City crews have sprayed the areas and the surrounding catch basins will be retreated. Traps will be retested beginning Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control offers some tips on avoiding West Nile:

Apply insect repellent to exposed skin. Generally, the more active ingredient a repellent contains the longer it can protect against mosquito bites. A higher percentage of active ingredient in a repellent does not mean that protection is better, just that it will last longer.

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Spray clothing with repellents containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing. Do not apply repellents containing permethrin directly to exposed skin. Do not apply repellent to skin under your clothing.

When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors.

Place mosquito netting over infant carriers when you are outdoors with infants.

Consider staying indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening, which are peak mosquito biting times.

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