2003-08-22 / Community

West Nile Spraying This Weekend

West Nile Spraying This Weekend

Most of the Rockaway Peninsula and Broad Channel will be sprayed to reduce the mosquito population, weather permitting, this Sunday, August 24, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease that can infect humans, birds, horses and other mammals. In most humans, WNV infection can cause a mild flu-like illness, or may cause no symptoms at all. In some cases, particularly among the elderly, it can cause severe neurological diseases such as encephalitis or meningitis. WNV first appeared in New York City in 1999. Since then, the virus has spread across the continental United States.

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