FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Health officials say they’re making progress in their attack on the West Nile virus.

In this hot and humid weather Larimer County is seeing an explosive growth in human West Nile cases. So far 18 have been reported, prompting the city of Fort Collins to put gas-powered insecticide sprayers back into action.

Contractors blanketed Fort Collins with insecticide Wednesday and Thursday. The area north of Mulberry will be sprayed again on Monday and the southern half of the city will be sprayed Tuesday.

The spraying follows months of efforts to kill mosquitoes by treating hundreds of ponds, lakes and pools around the area.

The spraying is the fifth time in 11 years the city has resorted to spraying insecticide that kills mosquitoes on contact.

The trucks will begin driving at 8 p.m.


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