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Annual Spraying for Mosquitoes Begins to Combat West Nile Virus

By Nigel Chiwaya | July 9, 2012 11:17am
West Nile-carrying mosquitoes were discovered in Staten Island.
West Nile-carrying mosquitoes were discovered in Staten Island.
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STATEN ISLAND — The New York City Health Department will be spraying for mosquitoes across several areas in Staten Island, Queens and The Bronx over the next three days in an attempt to reduce the risk of West Nile virus.

According to the Health Department website, a helicopter will apply a non-chemical larvicide to "marsh and other non-residential areas" in the three boroughs. Spraying will occur from July 9-11 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., weather permitting.

In Staten Island, spraying will occur at the marshes in Goethals North, Corporate Park, Corporate Park North, Saw Mill Marsh, Saw Mill Marsh North, Chelsea, Chelsea East, Fresh Kills, La Tourette and Port Mobile.

In Queens, spraying will be occur at Alley Creek, the abandoned airport at College Point, Dubos Point and Edgemere Park.

Spraying in the Bronx will take place at Pelham Bay.

The spraying comes after the Health Department announced that West Nile was discovered in mosquitoes on Staten Island.

No human cases have been found this year.