West Nile Virus Confirmed in Highland Park

The southwest quadrant of Highland Park will be sprayed for West Nile virus between 10 o’clock tonight and 5 o’clock Saturday morning. That’s where an infected mosquito was found, Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lance Koppa announced a few minutes ago. The spraying will be from the ground, not from the air.

A mosquito gets infected with West Nile when it bites an infected bird. You can get infected if the mosquito bites you.

Town officials encourage residents to be mindful of stagnant or standing water, such as flower pot basins, bird baths, wading pools, and pet dishes. Eliminating standing water prevents mosquitoes from laying eggs. Areas where water is circulating, such as swimming pools and outdoor fountains, should be maintained on a regular basis.

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