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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 043-08
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT: (212) 788-5290
Jessica Scaperotti: jscapero@health.nyc.gov;
Sara Markt: smarkt@health.nyc.gov
Celina De Leon: cdeleon@health.nyc.gov


FIRST WEST NILE VIRUS OF THE SEASON FOUND IN STATEN ISLAND MOSQUITOES

Health Department Will Drop Larvicide in Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx, June 23 - June 25

NEW YORK CITY – June 20, 2008 – The Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes for the first time this season. The virus, isolated in Port Richmond, Staten Island on June 18, has arrived earlier than usual. No human cases have been detected. Next week, the Health Department will start dispersing aerial larvicide in non-residential areas of Staten Island, Bronx and Queens to reduce mosquito populations (details below). Surveillance and control efforts will continue through the summer.

Some people experience only mild flu-like symptoms after contracting West Nile virus, but the infection can cause also encephalitis, a potentially fatal inflammation of the brain or spinal cord. "People over 50 are the most vulnerable," said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York City Health Commissioner. "Fortunately, anyone can avoid infection. The best way to reduce your risk is to wear repellent if you go outdoors in the evening, when mosquitoes are most active."

The Health Department has stopped investigating reports of dead birds – testing mosquitoes for West Nile virus has proven to be a more effective monitoring strategy. As in past years, the agency is urging residents to take simple steps to protect themselves.

Reducing Exposure to Mosquitoes

  • Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under three), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.
  • 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 standing water by calling 311 or visiting http://www.nyc.gov/health/wnv.

If you think you have symptoms of West Nile virus, see your doctor right away. The most common are headache, fever and extreme fatigue. For more information about West Nile virus, and how to avoid it, visit the Health Department website at www.nyc.gov/health or call 311.


Mosquito Control Notice:

UPDATE:  Due to weather conditions, the aerial larviciding event for June 23, 2008 has been cancelled.

Health Department Will Treat Natural Areas in Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx with Mosquito Larvicide from June 24 through June 25, 2008

To control the number of mosquitoes, the Health Department will apply larvicide by helicopter to marshes and other non-residential areas of Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx. Weather permitting, larvicide will be applied from Monday, June 24, through Wednesday, June 25, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Larvicide is a natural product, not an insecticide.

In case of bad weather, alternative application dates will be Tuesday, June 24, to Thursday, June 26, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Mosquito Control Definitions
Aerial Larviciding - Dropping natural bacterial granules by helicopter to marshes and other large natural areas to kill mosquito larvae before they grow into adult mosquitoes. Does not take place in the residential areas of NYC

Adulticiding/Spraying – Spraying a liquid insecticide from trucks to kill adult mosquitoes. Can take place in residential or non-residential areas. No adulticidings are scheduled at this time.


Location of Aerial Larvicide Applications

Borough

Neighborhood

Marsh/Wetland Areas To Be Treated

Boundaries

Zip Code

Staten Island

Arlington

Chelsea East

Marsh areas bound by Richmond Terrace to the north; Holland Avenue to the east; Western Avenue to the west; and the former North Shore Railroad to the south

10314

Chelsea

Chelsea/Con Ed West

North of Victory Boulevard; south of South Avenue; West of Travis to Arthur Kill Bay

10314

Old Place

Goethals North

Marsh areas bound by the former North Shore Railroad to the north; South Avenue to the east; the Arthur Kill to the west; and Goethals Road North to the south

10303

Chelsea/
Bloomfield

Corporate Park

Bounded by Edward Curry Avenue to the north; South Avenue to the east and south; and Chelsea Road and Bloomfield Road to the west

10314

Bloomfield

Corporate Park North

Marsh areas bound by Goethals Road North to the north; Graham Avenue to the east; Teleport Drive and Edward Curry Avenue to the south; and Gulf Avenue to the west

10314

Fresh Kills

Fresh Kills Park

Marsh Areas bounded by West Shore Expressway to the West, Richmond Avenue to the east, Arthur Kill Road to the south and Park Drive/Main Creek to the north

10314

Fresh Kills

La Tourette Park

East of Richmond; North of Arthur Kill; south of Richmond Creek

10314, 10306

Port Mobile

Port Mobile

North and West of Arthur Kill Road to Arthur Kill Bay

10309

Chelsea/
Bloomfield

Chelsea/
Bloomfield

South of River Road to Edward Curry Avenue; West of Chelsea Road to Arthur Kill Bay

10314

Chelsea/
Bloomfield

Saw Mill Marsh North

South of Edward Curry Avenue; North of South Avenue; West of Chelsea Road to Arthur Kill Bay

10314

Queens

Douglaston/Oakland Gardens

Alley Pond Park

Marsh areas inside Alley Pond Park

11361, 11363, 11362, 11364

Linden Hill/ College Point

Abandoned
Flushing Airport

Marsh areas bounded by 20th Avenue to the North; 130th Ave and Ulmer Street to the West; Ulmer street and 28th Street to the South, and Whitestone Expressway to the east

11354, 11356

Edgemere/
Somerville

Dubos Point and Edgemere Park

Marsh areas bounded by Norton basin to the East, Mott Point to the North, Grass Hassock Channel to the West, and Beach 65th Street, Decosta Avenue and Almeda Avenue to the south

11691, 11692

Flushing

Flushing River

Marsh areas bounded by Van Wyck Expressway in the North, Willets Point Blvd, Roosevelt Avenue and Pedestrian Ramp to the West, College Point Blvd to the East, and Meridian Road to the south

11368, 11354

Bronx

Pelham Bay Park North

Pelham Bay

Marsh areas bounded by the Hutchinson River to the West & South, New England Thruway to the North and Amtrak railroad to the east

10475, 10464

The Health Department will monitor for West Nile virus and apply pesticides as needed throughout the summer. The City’s 2008 Comprehensive Mosquito Surveillance and Control Plan can be found online at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/wnv/wnvplan2008.pdf.

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