|NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene |
Office of Public Affairs
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Andrew Tucker
Monday, July 29, 2002
NYC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE ISSUES
Ground-based Spraying to Take Place Overnight
FOR SELECTED AREAS OF STATEN ISLAND
Wednesday, July 31, 9:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M., Weather Permitting
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced today that in response to findings of increased numbers of West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes on Staten Island, targeted ground-based (truck) spraying of pesticides has been scheduled. To date, no human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been identified in New York City. Targeted ground-based spraying by DOHMH is scheduled for overnight Wednesday, July 31 between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 2:00 A.M., weather permitting, in the following residential and non-residential areas of Staten Island:
Port Richmond, Livingston and Westerleigh neighborhoods (including Clove Lakes Park) bounded by Victory Boulevard to the south and Richmond Terrace to the north. The eastern boundary (north to south) is Broadway and Clove Road. The western boundary (north to south) is Port Richmond Avenue and Willowbrook Road.
Oakwood Beach and New Dorp Beach neighborhoods bounded by New Dorp Lane to the north and Hylan Boulevard to the west. The spray area is bounded to the south and east by Great Kills Park (Gateway National Recreation Area).
In the event of rain or high winds, spraying will be rescheduled for the next evening that weather permits.
For adult mosquito control this year, DOHMH is using Anvil (Sumithrin), a synthetic pyrethroid used in mosquito control efforts in New York City since 1999. Updates of positive WNV findings can be found at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wnv/wnvr1-2002.html.
DOHMH recommends that New Yorkers continue to eliminate standing water around their homes, to take personal precautions against mosquitoes, and to report dead birds to the City's WNV Information Line, 1-877-WNV-4NYC (1-877-968-4692) or the agency Web site (nyc.gov/health). New Yorkers can also visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wnv/wnvhome.html for more information.