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Very low. This virus causes an encephalitis infection of the brain. It infects birds and is transmitted when a mosquito feeds on the bird and then transfers it to humans. Although this virus has been found in both mosquitoes and birds in DuPage County, the possibility of human infection is extremely remote. Less than 1% of mosquitoes are infected with the virus. More information about the West Nile virus can be found on the DuPage County Health Department webpage at the link.
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“Shall the maximum tax rate for the general corporate fund of the City of Warrenville be established at .291 percent of the equalized assessed value instead of .266 percent, the maximum rate otherwise applicable to the next taxes to be extended?”
The results of that referendum were that 1,275 Warrenville residents or 24.18% voted yes in support of an abatement program and 3,998 residents or 75.82% voted no to the program. During the West Nile Virus scare in 2001, Council re-visited this issue. At their February 19, 2002, meeting, they decided against mosquito spraying or larviciding due to the potential health risk the chemicals that are used may pose – as provided by resident feedback at the meeting. Further, the effectiveness of spraying pesticides is very limited since Warrenville is surrounded by Forest Preserves. DuPage County Forest Preserve District sprays only when there is a health threat and not for nuisance mosquitoes.