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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 067-07
Friday, August 10, 2007

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MEDIA:
(212) 788-5290
Celina De Leon (cdeleon@health.nyc.gov)
Sara Markt (smarkt@health.nyc.gov)


HEALTH DEPT. TO CONDUCT MOSQUITO SPRAYING IN QUEENS AND THE BRONX

Spraying will take place on Monday, August 13, 2007 in Queens and on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 in the Bronx between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. the following morning, weather permitting

NEW YORK CITY – August 10, 2007 – To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide in Queens and the Bronx in the coming week.  While the virus has been detected in mosquitoes in several boroughs, no human cases of West Nile virus have been identified to date. More information on West Nile virus surveillance is available at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wnv/wnvrrs.shtml.

The Health Department will spray from trucks in parts of Queens on the night of Monday, August 13, 2007 from 8:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. the following morning. (this was rescheduled from August 8th). The Department will also spray in parts of the Bronx on the night of Wednesday, August 15, 2007 from 8:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. the following morning. In case of bad weather, spraying will be delayed until the next possible night.

The areas to be sprayed in Queens are as follows:

Neighborhood

Boundaries

Zip Code

College Point, Malba, Whitestone, Linden Hill, Flushing, Murray Hill

Bordered by Lax Avenue, Powers Cove, 138th Place, 138th Street, 14th  Avenue and Cross Island Pkwy to the North; 149th Street, 25th Avenue, 150th  Street, Bayside Avenue, 149th Street to the East; Sanford Avenue to the South; and College Point Boulevard, 123rd Street, and Lax Avenue to the West

11357, 11355, 11354, 11356

The areas to be sprayed in the Bronx are as follows:

Neighborhood

Boundaries

Zip Code

Throgs Neck, Schuyerville, Harding Park, Castle Hill, Sound View Park, Clason Point, and Ferry Point Park

Bordered by East Tremont Avenue, Throgs Neck Expressway and Throgs Neck Boulevard to the East; Waterbury Avenue, Westchester Creek and Lafayette Avenue to the North; Bronx River to the West; and East River to the South.

10465; 10473

For these sprayings, the Health Department will use Anvil 10+10 (Sumithrin), a synthetic pesticide for mosquito control efforts. While there are no significant risks of adverse impact to human health associated with the proper use of this product, the Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions to avoid direct exposure to pesticides and reduce the risk of reactions:

  • Whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying.  Persons with asthma or other respiratory conditions especially are encouraged to stay inside during spraying since there is a possibility that direct exposure could worsen these conditions.
  • Air conditioners may remain on. But if you wish to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the recirculate function.
  • Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment, and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash with soap and water before using again.
  • Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash your produce thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.

Reducing Exposure to Mosquitoes

  • Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. (Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should NOT be used on children younger than three.) Use these products according to manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Make sure windows have screens, and repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate any standing water from your property, and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.
  • Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.  Keep them empty and covered if not in use; drain water that collects in pool covers.
  • Report dead birds or standing water by calling 311 or visiting http://www.nyc.gov/health/wnv.

The use of pesticides in New York City is conducted in accordance with Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) guidelines. A complete Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wnv/feis.shtml.

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