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Following the Discovery of West Nile Virus, DOH to Spray the Area

Pesticides will be dropped in Bay Terrace and Fort Totten

Mosquitoes in Bay Terrace and Fort Totten better zip away while they can.

The Department of Health will be spraying pesticide, following the in the area. Spraying will be done between 8 p.m. Wednesday evening and 6 a.m. Thursday morning.

The DOH had previously emphasized that, while , the virus has not been found in any humans this year.

“Wetland parks such as Little Bay and Fort Totten will always attract mosquitoes which will of course spread to the adjoining residential areas,” said Bay Terrace Civic Association President Warren Schreiber. “People in Bay Terrace take reasonable precautions against West Nile Virus but are not overly concerned,” he added.

The DOH recommends that residents take these precautions:

 

  • Keep indoors during spraying. Especially if you have asthma or other respiratory conditions.
  • If you want to keep your air conditioner on, set the vent to its closed position, or select its re-circulate function.
  • Remove outdoor doors and furniture, or wipe them down with soapy water before use after spraying.
  • Wash your skin and clothing if its exposed to pesticides with soap.
  • Always wash produce with water before ingesting or cooking.

Spraying will also take place in sections of Astoria, East Elmhurst, Steinway, Brookville, Rosedale, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst, Fort Totten.

Elm Park, Livingston, Port Richmond and West Brighton in Staten Island will also be sprayed overnight on Wednesday.

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