Pesticide spraying at Pelham Bay Park to lower threat of mosquito-borne West Nile virus

The virus has not been detected anywhere in New York City this season. (6/18/14)

THE BRONX - The city's Health Department is taking action to lower the threat of mosquitoes and the West Nile virus in the borough. 

Helicopters will be spraying bug-prone areas with larvicide, a pesticide that is not toxic to humans, through Friday. 

Marshy land in and around Pelham Bay Park is being targeted, along with parts of Queens and Staten Island. 

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Health officials say the mosquito-borne West Nile virus has not been detected anywhere in New York City this season, but there were about 30 cases last year, including at least six in the Bronx. 

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