Better make sure you've got your insect repellent ready: The Department of Health has found mosquitoes with West Nile virus in Flushing.
No New York City residents have been been diagnosed with West Nile yet and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden wants it to stay that way. He said, “West Nile virus has arrived in New York City, so protect yourself and your family. Wear insect repellent when you go outside and get rid of standing water where mosquitoes breed. Older people are especially vulnerable and should make an effort to avoid mosquitoes.”
The Health Department is increasing mosquito surveillance and larvae control efforts in Flushing in the meantime. And here are some other suggestions from the DOH:
• 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 manufacturers’ 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