For the first time this season, the Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes.
The infected mosquitoes were collected from the Douglaston and College Point neighborhoods in Queens and Old Town on Staten Island. No human cases have been reported this season.
The DOH will increase mosquito surveillance by setting up additional traps and treating catch basins in the affected areas.
In addition, the city will apply larvicide by helicopter to marshes and other nonresidential areas of Queens on Thursday, Friday, and Monday, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., weather permitting.
In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Friday, July 18, Monday, July 21 and Tuesday, July 22 during the same hours.
Areas in Queens to be sprayed include Alley Pond Park, the former Flushing Airport in College Point, Dubos Point and Edgemere Park.
The larvicides are used during the mosquito season to treat breeding sites.