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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 069-07
Monday, August 13, 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 ADDITIONAL MOSQUITO SPRAYING IN QUEENS THIS WEEK

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

NEW YORK CITY – August 13, 2007 – To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will conduct another spraying in Queens this week, in addition to the one scheduled for tonight. 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 the following parts of Queens on the night of Wednesday August 15, 2007 between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, spraying will be delayed until the next possible night.

Neighborhood

Boundaries

Zip Code

Queensborough Hills; Flushing; Corona; Kew Gardens Hills

Bordered by Roosevelt Avenue to the North; College Point Blvd, Booth Memorial Ave & Main Street to the East; Union Turnpike to the South and Grand Central  Parkway to the West

11367, 11355, 11368

The Department will also spray in parts of the Bronx on the same night, as previously announced.

For the spraying, 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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