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City to spray Jackson Heights/Astoria with pesticides Wednesday night

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Aug. 8, 2016 By Michael Florio

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will be spraying chemicals in Jackson Heights and Astoria Tuesday night an attempt eradicate mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.

Trucks will be spraying from Tuesday at 10 pm through Wednesday 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The spraying will take place between Bowery Bay and 81st Street to the north; Newtown Road, Broadway and 35th Ave to the south; Steinway Street to the west and 92nd Street to the east (see map).

This is part of the Health Department’s three-year, $21 million dollar plan to protect New Yorkers from the Zika virus.

The chemicals are not harmful, according to the Health Department. Nevertheless, residents should take precautions to minimize exposure, as the chemicals can irritate some if sensitive.

The city has been trying to limit the mosquito population for the many years in hopes of controlling the threat of West Nile Virus; however, the more recent threat of the Zika Virus has increased the city’s efforts.

Zika can be transmitted by an infected Aedes species mosquito, and can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, often causing birth defects. Though no cases have reportedly been transmitted in New York, there was a large outbreak in Brazil earlier this year, spreading through South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico, causing the city to take extra precautions.

This increased effort comes on the heels of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement last week that he plans to step up the city’s work in battling Zika.

In the case of rain, the spraying will take place on Wednesday from 10 pm to 6 am Thursday.

 

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Anonymous

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Michail

Poison that kills mosquitoes or their eggs will stay on grass and leaves. Rain will wash it down into the ground and into water supply.

Meanwhile, children and adults will walk and play in the grass, bushes and the ground that is poisoned. Water will be poisoned. Why? So that some virus that has not been studied can be “stopped”? Insanity! Who allowed these people to spray poison? Why is there no outcry?

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JR

Keeping children inside for one night will not kill the spoiled brats for Pete’s sake! Geez, there’s a greater good here…

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Anonymous

The greater good? The chemical spray isnt harmless nor would any scientist say as much publically. it contains many known carcinogens, in particular, two with a well documented link to breast cancer. Mosquitoes havent caused a sneeze in NYC. No anyone with cancer?

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Michail

Seriously? Chemicals will be sprayed in residential neighborhoods where children live and play?

Battling some questionable harm with more harm?

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Jill

Maybe it would be better to breed and release bats into the neighborhood. We would need about 10,000 bats.

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