NEW YORK — New York’s Department of Health is launching an all-out assault against mosquitoes amid growing concern about the Zika Virus.
While assuring residents that the virus is not spreading in the city, it says local mosquitoes are spreading other diseases like the West Nile Virus.
With mosquito season upon us, the city is going to begin a three day aerial bombardment of marsh and other non-residential areas at some two dozen sites in the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn.
Officials say they will use “environmentally friendly” larvicide to kill the infant mosquito larvae.
With projected hot and damp weather the mosquito population is expected to have huge growth this season.
Residents we spoke to in Marine Park, Brooklyn said they were concerned and relieved that the city is taking action.
Mike Nagar said he’s skeptical about how safe the chemicals are that will be sprayed.
Standing beside his pregnant wife, Daniel Cicolello said he’s concerned because the mosquito-borne Zika virus impacts pregnant women.
It is known to cause birth defects. It is not considered dangerous for most people.
Health officials note that there have been 78 cases of Zika reported in the city, but that all the patients have recovered.
Weather permitting, the aerial assault is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Thursday.