All of Evanston south of Central Street will be treated for mosquitoes Monday night by the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District after the first West Nile virus positive bird this season was reported in Evanston.

The area to be covered–from Central Street south to Howard Street–comes on the heels of treatment applied north of Central Street Thursday night.

So far, no human cases of West Nile have been reported in the city this year, although the bird discovery indicates that mosquitoes that transfer the virus are active in the area.

City Health Department Director Evonda Thomas-Smith warns that exposure to West Nile is a risk throughout the summer months.

“The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness,” the department says in a release, “is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.”

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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