FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 033-15
Sunday, August 16, 2015
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New Yorkers, especially those aged 60 and older, should take precautions against mosquito bites
Mosquito spraying scheduled for areas of Queens on the evening of Monday, August 17
August 16, 2015 – The Health Department today confirmed the season’s first human case of West Nile virus in a Brooklyn man who was hospitalized with viral meningitis. The patient was over the age of 60 years and has been treated and discharged.
In addition, the Queens neighborhoods listed below are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity with high mosquito populations. The spraying will take place on Monday, August 17, 2015 between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed untilTuesday, August 18, 2015 during the same hours.
“This first case of West Nile virus disease in New York City provides a vital reminder to protect ourselves against mosquito bites,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “Wearing mosquito repellent when you are outdoors, and long sleeves and pants in the morning and evening will reduce your risk of infection. New Yorkers age 60 and older or persons with weakened immune systems should be especially careful as they are more likely to become seriously ill, and in rare instances die, if infected.”
Human cases of West Nile virus occur each year in New York City, typically from July through October. A total of 318 New Yorkers have been diagnosed with West Nile virus since it was first found in the United States in 1999.
The Health Department’s aggressive West Nile Virus program focuses on prevention first and then mosquito control. The agency uses a comprehensive approach to monitor the city for West Nile virus and help control its spread by mosquitoes. Exterminators are surveying and treating, if required, routine and other potential mosquito breeding sites all over the City. The agency inspects and treats standing water sites with non-chemical larvicides to kill larval mosquitoes before they emerge as flying adults. When necessary, the agency also applies small amounts of chemical pesticides (adulticides) to kill adult mosquitoes. A schedule of mosquito control activities is available online at nyc.gov/health/wnv or by phone from the 311 call center.
To date, the Health Department has completed 6 rounds of pesticide spraying this season to reduce the number of mosquitoes and the risk of West Nile virus. A third aerial larviciding was conducted on August 5 and 6 on Staten Island and Queens. The Health Department treats 62,160 catch basins in Queens two to three times per year. The second round of catchbasin treatments (larviciding) was completed on July 30 and the third round of treatment started on August 4, 2015. The Health Department has conducted 90 WNV presentations across the five boroughs.
Parts of Blissville and Sunnyside
Bordered by 47th Avenue to the North; Dutch Kills to the West; Newtown Creek to the South; and Brooklyn- Queens EXPWY(278) and 43rd Street to the East
Parts of 11101, 11104
Parts of Astoria, Ditrmars, Steinway and Woodside
Bordered by 20th Avenue and 35th Street to the North; 28th Avenue, 43rd Street, and Newtown Rd to the West; Broadway and Northern Blvd to the South; and Brooklyn-Queens EXPY(278), 30th Avenue, 78th Street, Astoria Blvd, and 75th Street to the East
Parts of 11103, 11105, 11370, 11377
Parts of Fresh Meadows, Hollis, Hollis Hills, Holliswood and Oakland Gardens
Bordered by 73rd Avenue to the North; 188th Street to the West; Jamaica Avenue, 199th Street, Hillside Avenue, 212 Street, and Grand Central Parkway to the South, and Springfield Boulevard to the East
Parts of 11364, 11366, 11423, 11427
Parts of Briarwood, Forest Hills, Forest Hills Gardens, Glendale, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens, Middle Village, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven
Bordered by Grand Central PKWY, Jackie Robinson PKWY, Groton Street, Yellowstone Boulevard, Woodhaven Boulevard, and Eliot Avenue to the North; Lutheran Avenue, 71st Street, Metropolitan Avenue, Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery, 76th Street, Cypress Hills Cemetery and Cypress Hills Street to the West; Jamaica Avenue, and 89th Avenue to the South, and 169th Street to the East.
Parts of 11374, 11375, 11379,11385, 11418, 11421, 11432
For these sprayings, the Health Department will use a very low concentration of Anvil® 10+10, a synthetic pesticide. When properly used, this product poses no significant risks to human health. The Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions to minimize direct exposure:
West Nile virus infection can cause a mild or moderate flu-like illness, or sometimes no symptoms at all. In some people, particularly those 60 and older, West Nile virus can cause a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal cord. The most common symptoms are headache, fever, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue. Symptoms of more severe illness can also include changes in mental status and muscle weakness. If you think you have symptoms of West Nile virus, see your doctor right away. For more information about West Nile virus, and how to avoid it, visit nyc.gov/health/wnv or call 311 .
Reducing Exposure to Mosquitoes