NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Mosquito spraying was scheduled for parts of New York Tuesday night to reduce the threat of the West Nile virus.
The City Department of Health said ground spraying will take place in parts of Bay Terrace and Whitestone in Queens.
Not far away in Nassau County, spraying will take place in the North Shore communities of Plandome, Plandome Manor, Plandome Heights, Manhasset, Munsey Park, Flower Hill, Port Washington, and Sands Point.
The Department said “West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord). West Nile virus is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. A mosquito becomes infected by biting a bird that carries the virus. You or your child cannot get West Nile virus from a person who has the disease. West Nile virus is not spread by person-to-person contact such as touching, kissing, or caring for someone who is infected.”
For more information, you can call the West Nile Spray Hotline at 1-888-844-8657 (9AM-10PM) or visit the Nassau County Department of Health website.