From the Department of Health:
For the first time this season, the Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes. No human cases have been reported in NYC this year, but people have been stricken in 19 states. The Health Department reported today that a pool of mosquitoes collected in the Flushing section of Queens has tested positive for the virus. The Health Department has increased mosquito surveillance and mosquito larvae control efforts in the affected area.
Take these steps
- Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. (Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should NOT be used on children younger than three.) Use these products according to manufacturersâ€™ instructions.
- Make sure windows have screens, and repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
- Eliminate any standing water from your property, and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.
- Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty and covered if not in use; drain water that collects in pool covers.
- Report dead birds or standing water by calling 311 or visiting http://www.nyc.gov/health/wnv.