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Chicago - The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) will spray to kill adult mosquitoes in select Chicago neighborhoods on the City’s Far Northwest Side this Thursday, September 5, as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to fight West Nile Virus.
Spraying will occur in portions of Edison Park, Norwood Park and O’Hare neighborhoods, all part of Ward 41. City employees are hanging notices on resident’s doors informing them of the spraying. Maps of the spray area are available here and here.
“When West Nile Virus poses a threat to Chicagoans, it is our job to act swiftly to eliminate the threat and keep our residents healthy,” said CDPH Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D.
Weather permitting, the spraying will begin at dusk on Thursday, September 5, 2013 and continue through the night until approximately 1:00am, with mosquito abatement technicians in trucks dispensing an ultra-low-volume spray.
The material being used to control the adult mosquitoes, Zenivex™, will be applied at a rate of 1.5 fluid ounces per acre. It is approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is used to control mosquitoes in outdoor residential and recreational areas.
Zenivex™ has been used effectively to control disease-carrying mosquitoes and is non-persistent, decomposing rapidly in the environment. The rapid degradation of this product makes it an excellent choice for control of West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes. The spray will be applied by mosquito abatement technicians from Vector Disease Control International, a leader in the mosquito control industry. Guiding the crews through the streets will be supervisors from the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation.
While the spray is not harmful to people or pets and is routinely sprayed in residential areas across the nation, residents of targeted neighborhoods may choose to stay indoors and close their windows while spraying is underway, as an extra precaution.
“Spraying is a safe and effective way to control disease carrying mosquitoes. By reducing the number of mosquitoes in high-risk areas we expect that this will help minimize the number of human cases of West Nile Virus in Chicago,” said CDPH Environmental Health Medical Director Cort Lohff, M.D.
Each year, CDPH conducts a comprehensive West Nile Virus surveillance, prevention and control program. In addition to spraying, this includes dropping larvacide in catch basins, which helps limit the number of mosquitoes that can carry the virus, and regularly testing mosquitoes caught in traps throughout the city. By utilizing data the city is able to most efficiently target high-risk areas for the virus.
CDPH reminds residents to take precautions against mosquitoes that may carry the virus, including:
In 2013, CDPH previously sprayed in the following neighborhoods:
West Nile Virus cannot be transmitted from person-to-person. Instead, it is transmitted strictly through mosquitoes. Most mosquitoes do not carry the virus. Additional information on the virus, including symptoms and how to protect against the virus can be found here.
As part of their ongoing response efforts, CDPH will continue to collect mosquitoes from traps located throughout the city and test these mosquitoes for West Nile Virus. Using results of these tests, CDPH will determine the appropriate steps to be taken in order to best protect Chicago residents.