NEW YORK CITY — The city's health agency will continue to spray for mosquitoes this week after the announcement of the first cases of domestic mosquito-borne Zika virus were found in Miami.
The New York City Department of Health will spray a pesticide Thursday, Aug. 4 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. to kill adult mosquitoes that could carry Zika or West Nile Virus in certain neighborhoods in The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.
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City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Basset stressed that the spraying is a preventative measure and that no mosquitoes carrying Zika have been found in New York City.
“While we do not expect to find Zika in New York City’s mosquitoes, we are taking no chances," Dr. Bassett said. "We are moving forward with a safe but aggressive plan to spray pesticide when we find significant numbers of mosquitoes that could possibly carry Zika."
The Health Department will use very low concentrations of DUET Dual-Action Adulticide, which it said does not pose a significant risk to human health. However, the agency cautioned people to stay inside during the spraying if possible and bring children's toys inside.
Overall, the city has expanded its fight against mosquitoes this year with a three-year, $21 million Zika action plan, announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio in April.
The state government also announced this week that it will drop larvicide in the subway to prevent mosquito breeding.