| Oct 5, 2011
| 7:10 AM
The cargo jet’s interior looks like a pasteurization plant, but this plane doesn’t carry milk.
It’s one of a handful the U.S. Air Force uses to drop chemicals — everything from oil dispersants to insect killers — from the...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 2:15 PM
At the end of the last Ice Age, California condors ranged eastward from the California coast all the way to Texas, Florida and even New York.
But by 1800, the range of the condor population had shrunk considerably. The birds lived along the Pacific...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 1:35 PM
Two women in Cook County have been infected with the West Nile virus, the first such reports this year, according to health agencies.
The two woman are both in their 60s and both are still hospitalized, according to Amy Poore, a spokesperson for the...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 10:48 AM
As temperatures continue to blaze on and mosquitoes become more prevalent, the Chicago Department of Public Health is continuing to take action against West Nile Virus with a spraying to kill adult mosquitoes in several communities throughout the city and...
| Aug 3, 2012
| 3:08 PM
A 76-year-old Skokie woman has been hospitalized in what village officials are calling the first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus in the village this year.
Village officials were cautious to protect the woman’s privacy, but the village&...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 11:21 AM
The number of reported cases of humans with West Nile Virus in Illinois increased over the past week from two to six, and all instances were found in Cook County, officials said today.
The Illinois Department of Public Health updates its records of human...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 6:01 AM
What You May Not Know About the West Nile Virus and Mosquitoes
What is West Nile virus and where did it come from?
West Nile virus was discovered in 1937 on the West Nile River in Uganda. Mosquitoes can carry the virus after they bite birds infected...
| Aug 15, 2012
| 4:15 PM
Public health officials are warning adults and adolescents to get booster shots in the wake of an unusually large number of cases of whooping cough this year around the nation and in Maryland.
More than 20,000 cases of the respiratory disease were...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 12:09 PM
An adult in Central Maryland has been diagnosed with this year's first case of West Nile Virus, according to The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The virus was also detected in a pool of mosquitoes collected in Montgomery County by the...
| Aug 12, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Standing in a swampy, wooded section of Beaver Pond Park, Michael Misencik assembled two mosquito traps. One, "a gravid trap," lures mosquitoes with water infused with decomposed hay.
"I should warn you," Misencik said, "it smells terrible, but the...
| Aug 14, 2012
| 2:14 PM
A Downers Grove woman in her 50s has contracted the first reported human case of West Nile virus in DuPage County this year, the DuPage County Health Department announced today.
Department spokesman David Hass said the county was notified Tuesday about...