HIGHLAND PARK, IL – mosquito spraying will take place Thursday night in Highland Park and Deerfield. The Southlake Mosquito Abatement District announced that it would implement ground-based mosquito control measures due to the density and distribution of mosquitoes in recent samples. The district said the total mosquito population had risen after heavy rains.

The spraying on Thursday starts at 10 o'clock. in the Highland Park areas indicated in the map below and throughout Deerfield, according to officials in both cities.

(City of Highland Park)

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, from Sept. 13, 2018, there were four confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Lake County in 2018 among 51 cases across the country. One person died, a 65-year-old resident of LaSalle County.

The virus is transmitted through bites from infected mosquitoes that contract the West Nile by feeding birds with the disease. Symptoms, which can include fever, nausea, headache, and muscle aches, can last from a few days to a few weeks, but four out of five infected people show no symptoms, according to IDPH. In rare cases, serious illnesses including meningitis or encephalitis or even death can occur. People over the age of 50 or with a weakened immune system are at an increased risk of serious illness.

Healthcare officials suggest taking these steps to reduce mosquitoes in your area, as well as your chance of being bitten by a West Nile-infected mosquito:

  • Minimize the time outdoors spend when mosquitoes that transmit the West Nile virus are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
  • Wear outdoor shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt and apply insect repellent.
  • Eliminate all sources of stagnant water where mosquitoes can multiply, such as old tires, pails, and other containers, or renew the water in bird baths, pots, and paddling pools every few days.

For more information, call the Mosquito Hotline at Southlake Mosquito Abatement District at 800-942-2555.

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