Season's first West Nile-infected mosquitoes found on Staten Island
Updated on June 19, 2017 at 2:11 PMPosted on June 19, 2017 at 2:08 PM
BY THOMAS CHECCHI
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The city Health Department has detected mosquitoes with West Nile virus on Staten Island, the agency reported Monday.
It is the first time this season that the Health Department has found the virus in mosquitoes in New York City.
The infected Culex pipiens mosquitoes were collected in Rossville, according to the Health Department, which also announced that no human cases have been reported so far.
Mosquito season in New York City typically spans from April through September.
In response to the Rossville discovery, the Health Department says it is increasing mosquito surveillance in the surrounding area by installing additional mosquito monitoring traps.
There are currently more than 60 surveillance sites citywide.
The Health Department will spray pesticide to target mosquitoes if persistent West Nile activity is detected, the agency said.