The Department of Health has detected mosquitoes with the West Nile virus in New York City for the first time this season.
The mosquitos Culex infected were sighted in El Bronx and Staten Island, but to date, no human case has been reported.
In a city effort to exterminate mosquito larvae before they are able to bite, different measures have been taken, such as applying larvicide to mud collectors, swamps, and other areas with standing water, in Staten Island counties, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx.
On the other hand, the Health Department Mosquito surveillance in the area has been increased by installing traps. There are currently more than 53 surveillance sites across the city.
“New Yorkers can take a few simple steps to protect themselves this summer, including wearing bug spray or covering their arms and legs,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot.
Likewise, health experts urge all people to eliminate the stagnant water that can harbor mosquitoes or call 311 to report the presence of standing water that they cannot handle on their own.
The mosquito season in New York City typically runs from April to September.