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Will County Health Dept. gives health tips for the summer

First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

(AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
(AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Summer brings its own series of health concerns, and the Will County Health Department is giving residents some tips about how to best prepare.

Pool safety

With warmer weather comes more outdoor activities such as relaxing at the pool, which can be fun but also dangerous without proper precautions.

The Environmental Health Department is seeking to reduce and eliminate violations of public swimming facilities in Will County. All outdoor pools and beaches are required to pass an inspection before opening for the season, and once approved, are inspected routinely once every two weeks.

Still, before using a public pool, hot tub or spa, residents can and should check the latest inspection results online or on-site. To ensure safety, inspections check items such as the water’s pH and free chlorine or bromine concentrations, making sure the bottom of the deep end is visible, drain covers at the bottom appear to be secure and in good repair.

Mosquitoes

The Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2018 were found in Glenview and Morton Grove.

With more warm weather, there tends to be more West Nile activity, according to a news release from the Will County Health Department. In order to take precautions, the department advises residents practice the three “R’s” – reduce, repel and report.

Residents can reduce by ensuring doors are fit tightly with screens, repairing or replacing damaged screens, keeping doors and windows shut and eliminating all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

Repel by wearing shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and applying insect repellents that contain DEET or picaridin according to the label instructions.

Report locations where water has been stagnant for more than a week, such as roadside ditches or flooded yards, to local health departments or city governments.

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