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NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Office of Public Affairs
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Andrew Tucker
Friday, July 19, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347


DOHMH Urges New Yorkers to Take Personal Precaution Against Mosquitoes

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today announced that a mosquito pool collected in the Ocean Parkway area of Brooklyn tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first mosquito pool to test positive for WNV from this area in 2002 and serves as another reminder that New Yorkers in all five boroughs, especially those over 50 and particularly those over 65 years of age, should take personal precautions against mosquitoes.

So far this year, a total of 15 mosquito pools have tested positive for WNV from in the boroughs of Staten Island, the Bronx, and now Brooklyn. More than 3,000 mosquito pools have been tested for WNV so far this year. More than 200 dead birds have been tested for WNV; one (a grackle) from Staten Island was reported positive earlier this week.

DOHMH completed its aerial larviciding in Staten Island early this morning, and will continue to treat catch basins and other potential mosquito breeding sites with larvicide throughout the City.

For more information on personal precautions against WNV and how to mosquito-proof your home, visit or call the City's toll free West Nile Virus Information Line at 1-877-WNV-4NYC (1-877-968-4692).