Crews fight West Nile Virus

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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND)- Workers at the Macon Mosquito Abatement District are treating areas for mosquitoes after test results found West Nile Virus.

The agency sets traps at 19 locations in Decatur and parts of Macon County and tests them weekly during the summer. So far, five tests have indicated the virus. In those areas, crews use specially outfitted trucks to spray a fog to kills mosquitoes.  

"It's a safe product,” said director Sam Force. “I don't encourage people to follow behind us. If we see a group of people out in the yard, we'll shut it down as we pass them more as a courtesy. Ideally, it wouldn't hurt anybody, but we take precautions to avoid that."

The agency also treats 6,500 catch basins twice each year and checks 850 sites weekly.

Force said he hasn’t seen quite as many mosquitoes this season as in years past. He says homeowners and others can help limit the mosquito population.

"It's a safe product. I don't encourage people to follow behind us, and if we see a group of people out in their yard, we'll shut it down as a courtesy. Ideally, it wouldn't hurt anybody, but we take precautions to avoid that."

Force would not specify where tests results have showed the presence of West Nile this year. He said workers have found West Nile at all 19 locations through the years.

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