|NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene |
Office of Public Affairs
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Andrew Tucker
Monday, July 15, 2002
ROUND OF AERIAL APPLICATION OF LARVICIDE SCHEDULED FOR MARSH AND WETLAND AREAS OF NORTHWESTERN STATEN ISLAND
Application to Take Place July 17 - July 19, 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Weather Permitting
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today announced that a second round of larvicide application by helicopter has been scheduled for marsh and wetland areas on northwestern Staten Island in response to recent surveillance findings, which indicate an increase in mosquitoes. The application is scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday July 17-19, between the hours of 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., weather permitting, but may be completed in less time.
Similar to the areas treated by air in June, the marshy areas to be larvicided are north of the Staten Island Expressway, south of Richmond Terrace and west of South Avenue In addition, larvicide will be applied to marshy areas south of the Staten Island Expressway, west of South Avenue, and the West Shore Expressway to Victory Boulevard. (A map of these areas can be found on nyc.gov/health). Because of their size and difficulty to reach by ground vehicles, the targeted marshes and wetlands will be treated with larvicide from a low-flying helicopter. The larvicide product being used is VectoLex CG, a natural bacterial agent and the same product DOHMH used last year, and will use throughout this mosquito season.
So far this year, a total of four mosquito pools have been positive for West Nile virus (WNV). All have been from Staten Island, including three from Saw Mill Marsh, and one from Clove Lakes Park. Approximately 170 dead birds have been tested this year; all are negative for WNV to date. More than 2000 mosquito pools have been tested so far this year for WNV. For more information on WNV, visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wnv/wnvhome.html or call the City's toll free West Nile Virus Information Line at 1-877-WNV-4NYC (1-877-968-4692).