West Nile virus
The next couple weeks could be a bit of a roller coaster ride for mosquito activity in the Chicago area.
The Illinois Department of Health says warm weather means the onset of West Nile Virus, carried by mosquitoes, and a slew of insect-related diseases, carried by ticks.
It may be rather late in the season, almost fall, but Illinois has it’s first two deaths of the summer season from West Nile virus.
One woman was in her 70s and the other was in her 80s, said Chicago Department of Public Health spokesman Ryan Gage.
The Oak Lawn resident became ill earlier this month but did not require hospitalization, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. She is recovering at home.
The Chicago Department of Public Health reported that a woman in her 70s contracted the virus in July.
Mosquitoes transmit the virus to humans, and officials say that the insects are still active even with cooler weather and may seek warmer temperatures indoors.
Health officials in Cook County say a man from suburban Chicago has died of West Nile virus.
The first human case of West Nile virus this year has been confirmed in Cook County.
Cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed on both the Lake and Cook county sides of Buffalo Grove, village officials said in a news release Friday.
The first human case of West Nile virus of the year has been reported in Illinois.
A batch of mosquitoes trapped in west suburban Aurora has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Kane County Health Department.
For the first time this summer, workers are spraying on the Northwest and Southwest Sides because mosquitoes there tested positive for the illness. But some residents say they weren’t notified about the spraying, reports CBS 2’s Mike Parker.
Now that mosquitoes in portions of the northwest and southwest sides have tested positive for the West Nile virus spraying will take place overnight.
The first cases of West Nile virus this year in north suburban Glenview were reported Wednesday, the Pioneer Press is reporting.
Health authorities are warning people to be on guard against mosquitoes this summer. Just this week, the first case of West Nile Virus was discovered in a pool of tainted water sampled in Hillside.
West Nile mosquitoes are back in the Chicago area for the first time this year. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.
You may have to start scratching in a month or so, but you don’t have to start worrying, as recent heavy rains and floods encourage the growth of flood water mosquitoes, reports WBBM’s John Cody.
Fellow firefighters described Thomas Flahive as a healthy 58-year-old.
Thomas Flahive was a healthy 58-year-old, his fellow firefighters tell CBS 2’s Pamela Jones.