Mosquitoes with West Nile found in Chicago

August 5, 2008 6:57:54 PM PDT
For the first time this year, mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have been found in Chicago. Public health officials say they were found in the West Pullman, South Deering and Hegewisch neighborhoods on the far South Side.

Residents are urged to help reduce the risk of West Nile virus by getting rid of standing water where mosquitoes commonly lay their eggs. Health officials say residents can also call the city's non-emergency number, 311, to report puddles of stagnant water.

Statewide, West Nile mosquitoes have been found in nine counties. So far, no human cases have been reported.