New York City will begin spraying pesticide to kill West Nile virus-infected mosquitos in Brooklyn and Queens on Thursday.
According to a notice New York City's Department of Health, there has been a recent rise in the number of mosquitoes carrying the life-threatening disease.
So far, no human cases have been reported in the state, but a number of birds, pets and other animals have contracted West Nile after being bitten by a mosquito, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health department.
The city will spray low-grade pesticide from trucks roving several neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens between 8:30pm Thursday evening and 6:00am Friday morning.
Trucks like this one, pictured in Florida, will spray pesticide to kill off the growing number of West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes in Brooklyn and Queens this week (file)
In Brooklyn, spray trucks will be deployed in: parts of Borough Park, Gowanus, Greenwood Heights, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and Windsor Terrace.
Pesticide will be sprayed in parts of the Corona, Flushing, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Queensboro Hill, and Rego Park neighborhoods of Queens, weather permitting.
Trucks will spraying a diluted solution of Anvil or DeltaGard, pesticides that kill adult mosquitoes via sumithrin and deltamethrin, respectively.
Both chemicals are used to kill mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and, occasionally, head lice that affect humans.
They are not thought to be particularly dangerous to humans, but some people are more sensitive to the chemicals than others.
Health department officials advise people in the target neighborhoods stay indoors to avoid rashes, eye and nose irritation and exacerbation of respiratory issues like asthma.
New York was among the first states to be hit by West Nile virus when it was introduced to the US in 1999.
That year, 59 people in the New York area were hospitalized for