|NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene |
Office of Communications
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Greg Butler
Tuesday, August 6, 2002
NYC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE ISSUES
Ground-based Spraying to Take Place Overnight
SPRAY SCHEDULE FOR THE NORTHEASTERN BRONX
Thursday, August 8, 8:30 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.,Weather Permitting
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced today that focused, ground-based spraying has been scheduled for the northeastern Bronx in response to heightened mosquito activity in the area. Surveillance findings have found a significant number of
human-biting mosquitoes (Culex salinarius and Ochlerotatus sollicitans), which represent an increased risk of West Nile virus (WNV) transmission to humans. Though New York City is entering the height of the mosquito season, no human cases of WNV have been identified to date.
Weather permitting, targeted ground-based spraying by DOHMH is scheduled for overnight, Thursday, August 8 between the hours of 8:30 P.M. and 2:00 A.M. in the residential areas of Pelham Bay and Spencer Estates neighborhoods in the area bounded by: Pelham Bay Park South to the north; the Hutchinson River Parkway to the west; Middletown Road, Jarvis Avenue, and Country Club Road to the south, and Eastchester Bay to the East. The non-residential areas of Pelham Bay Park North and Pelham Bay Park South – including Rodman's Neck Firing Range – are also scheduled for spraying overnight Thursday.
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.