Mosquito spraying a maybe for OP

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Though the number of mosquitos found to be carrying West Nile virus in Oak Park remains low, Mosquito Abatement District officials say it's possible that pesticide spraying in the area may become necessary.

"At this point, it's unpredictable," said Paul Geery, Abatement District assistant manager/biologist said Tuesday morning. "What we're seeing is an increase in West Nile activity throughout the whole district. We're keeping close watch in Oak Park."

Pesticide spraying in River Forest already took place last Wednesday. The district has seen a much more dramatic spike in the number of infected mosquitos in River Forest than in Oak Park, Geery said.

Mosquitos of the Culex genus are prone to becoming infected with the virus, and like hot weather.

Geery said unless weather cools down, West Nile will likely continue to be a threat.

The Oak Park Health Department issued a press statement Monday stating the spraying may be necessary. If residents wish to be notified before spraying takes place, they can call the village's West Nile virus hotline at 358-5694. More information is also available on the village's website, www.oak-park.us.

Several Oak Park residents who voiced health concerns about the effects from pesticides protested outside Oak Park Village Hall in 2002 after the district announced it had plans to spray.

?#34;Katharine Grayson

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