|NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene |
Office of Communications
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Andrew Tucker
Monday, August 5, 2002
NYC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE ISSUES
Ground-based Spraying to Take Place Overnight
SPRAY SCHEDULE FOR SELECTED AREAS OF STATEN ISLAND
Wednesday, August 7, 8:30 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.,Weather Permitting
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced today targeted ground-based spraying has been scheduled for northern Staten Island in response to a considerable increase in mosquito activity. Moreover, our surveillance has shown a significant number of Culex salinarius mosquitoes, which have been found previously in our area and are known to transmit WNV to humans. 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, August 7 between the hours of 8:30 P.M. and 2:00 A.M., weather permitting, in the following residential and non-residential areas of Staten Island:
Residential Areas: Graniteville, Mariners Harbor, Arlington, Bulls Head, Port Ivory and New Springfield.
Non-Residential Areas: La Tourette Golf Course and Baron Hirsch Cemetery, as well as accessible areas of Staten Island Corporate Park and Willow Brook Park.
DOHMH's Public Health Youth Corps will distribute information on the pesticide Anvil (Sumithrin), which has been used in mosquito control efforts in New York City since 1999, as well as recommendations for residents to minimize potential pesticide exposure. In the event of rain or high winds, spraying will be rescheduled for the next evening that weather permits.
Updates of positive West Nile virus findings in New York City 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, take personal precautions against mosquitoes, and report dead birds to the City's WNV Information Line, 1-877-WNV-4NYC (1-877-968-4692) or at DOHMH's Web site nyc.gov/health.