Officials said they are targeting the area where mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus were trapped.
"From what we are seeing in our mosquito traps, it is clear that West Nile Virus is starting to surge and threaten human health in part of the Far South Side," said Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Terry Mason, M.D. in a press release. "We are taking quick and decisive action to protect the public health."
Crews led by supervisors with the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation will begin spraying at dusk because that is the peak period of activity for the Northern House Mosquito, which carries West Nile Virus.
Last year, 11 cases of West Nile - related illness-- 1 of which was fatal-- were reported in Chicago. Statewide, there were 101 reported cases and four deaths. Nationally, in 2007, 3,630 human cases of West Nile-related illness were reported. 124 of them were fatal.
So far this year, 12 Illinois counties have reported positives tests for West Nile in birds and mosquitoes. There has been one confirmed human case of West Nile- related illness in Kane County.
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For weekly updates on West Nile Virus activity in Chicago, visit City's Health Department (cityofchicago.org/health)