West Nile Concerns

By: Erica Hurtt
By: Erica Hurtt

Many of the dangers of pools are obvious and well known, but another threat could be lurking in the water.

"Pools are a concern if not maintained properly because they can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes," said Winnebago County Health Department's Larry Swacina.

Proper pool upkeep and maintenance can help warding off West Nile. The Health Department offers these tips: chlorinate and agitate the water properly, remove water if the pool is not in use or cover it, but be sure to consistently remove standing water.

"Even a thimble of water gathering can breed literally hundred of mosquitoes," said Swacina.

Swacina says standing water in any form can pose a health threat to the community, and we should all be on the lookout for water collecting on our property.

If you see a problem spot in your community, contact the Winnebago County Health Department at (815)-720-4110.

This year, several dead crows infected with the mosquito-borne illness have already been found in Boone, Stephenson, Ogle and Winnebago Counties. Fortunately, no human cases have been confirmed this year. However, experts are predicting a hot summer which means mosquitoes will be more active.


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