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Press Release
NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Office of Communications
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Greg Butler
Friday, August 23, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347


Brookville and Rosedale Neighborhoods of Queens Scheduled for Spraying Overnight Monday, August 26th

Oakwood Beach and New Dorp Neighborhoods, Silver Lake Golf Course, and all Areas West of Huguenot Ave. on Staten Island Scheduled for Spraying Overnight Tuesday, August 27th

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced today that targeted, ground-based spraying has been scheduled for residential and non-residential areas of southeast Queens and portions of Staten Island. Stepped-up surveillance conducted by DOHMH following the diagnosis of West Nile virus (WNV) in an 84-year-old man from Rosedale, Queens detected WNV in adult mosquitoes. These are the first WNV-positive findings in this area of Queens. Additional surveillance on Staten Island also found sustained WNV activity, representing an increased risk for human transmission. To date this year, there has been one human case of WNV identified in New York City.

Weather permitting, spraying will take place overnight Monday, August 26 between 8:30 P.M. and 2:00 A.M. the following morning in the Brookville and Rosedale neighborhoods of Queens. The following areas are scheduled for spraying for overnight Monday, August 26: Brookville Park and Springfield Park, as well as the area bounded by Merrick Blvd. to the north; Francis Lewis Blvd./230th Place to South Conduit Ave. to Farmers Blvd. to Guy R. Brewers Blvd. to the west; Rockaway Blvd. to the south; and the Nassau County line to east.

In Staten Island, three areas are scheduled for spraying overnight Tuesday, August 27 between 8:30 P.M. and 2:00 A.M. the following morning, weather permitting. Oakwood Beach and New Dorp Beach in the area bounded by New Dorp Lane to the north, Hylan Boulevard to the west, and the boundaries of Great Kills Park. All areas west of Huguenot Avenue, including Rossville, Woodrow, Charleston, Prince's Bay, Pleasant Plains, Richmond Valley, Tottenville, Tottenville Beach, Butler Manor and Mount Loretto neighborhoods. Silver Lake Park and Golf Course is also scheduled for spraying overnight Tuesday, August 27.

In the event of rain or high winds, spraying in Southeast Queens will take place 4:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. Tuesday morning; spraying in Staten Island will take place Wednesday morning 4:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M.

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. Exposure to Anvil may result in eye, nose and/or respiratory irritation, but symptoms are generally short-term.

Nonetheless, DOHMH offered some tips for individuals who live near the areas to be treated and wish to minimize any potential exposure to pesticides:

  • Some individuals are sensitive to pesticides. Persons with asthma or other respiratory conditions are especially encouraged to stay inside during spraying since there is a possibility that spraying could worsen those conditions.
  • Air conditioners may remain on. But if you wish to reduce the possibility of exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the recirculate function.
  • If you wish to minimize your exposure to pesticides, you may want to bring children's toys, outdoor equipment and clothes from outdoor areas inside during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, they may be washed with soap and water to reduce the possibility of exposure.
  • Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water.
  • Anyone experiencing adverse reactions to pesticides should seek medical care or call the NYC Poison Control Center at (212) POISONS [(212) 764-7667].

Recommendations To Prevent WNV

New Yorkers, especially those 50 and over, are urged to take personal precautions against mosquitoes:

  • If outside between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks.
  • Consider the use of an insect repellent containing DEET. USE DEET ACCORDING TO MANUFACTURER'S DIRECTIONS. As with chemical exposures in general, pregnant women should take care to avoid exposure to DEET whenever practical.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.

New Yorkers are also encouraged to help "Mosquito-Proof New York City" by eliminating areas of standing water around their homes:

  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly.
  • Dispose of cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers.
  • Remove all discarded tires from property.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use, keep pools empty and covered.
  • Drain water from pool covers.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Change water in birdbaths every 3 to 4 days.
  • Eliminate any other areas of standing water that collects on your property;
  • Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.

New Yorkers can find out about spray schedules by listening to WCBS radio (880AM) at 6:19 A.M. and 6:19 P.M. on the day before and the day of spraying activities. For more information on WNV, visit or call the City's toll free West Nile Virus Information Line at 1-877-WNV-4NYC (1-877-968-4692).