NYC launches Zika information website as part of control efforts

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has launched an interactive website with resources and information about mosquitoes in efforts to quell the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

The website offers up-to-date information on the city's mosquito surveillance and control activities. It includes an interactive mosquito map showing mosquito counts, areas where researchers are testing mosquitoes, areas where the city has sprayed pesticides and areas with violations for standing water, which promotes mosquito breeding.

The website also offers information on when the city plans to spray for mosquitoes, brochures and information on mosquito control, how residents can prevent mosquito bites and frequently asked questions.

NYCDOHM launched the website as part of its three-year, $21 million plan to combat Zika in the city.

"This interactive map will give New Yorkers information about our mosquito surveillance and control activities as it happens in their communities," said Mary Bassett, MD, Health Commissioner, in a statement. "Every day, members of our mosquito control team are collecting surveillance traps, investigating complaints of standing water, and using our tools to reduce the mosquito population."

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