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Interactive map shows New York's most mosquito-infested areas

Interactive map shows New York's most mosquito-infested areas
Image Courtesy: New York City Department of Health

With the looming threat of Zika on many New Yorkers minds this season, the NYC Health Department has released an interactive graphic that details some of their ongoing fights against the virus.

The department has doubled its mosquito monitoring activities across the city this year. Their efforts include both trapping and testing. They trap mosquitos to find out where they are in the city, and then test them to see if they’re carrying either the Zika or West Nile viruses.

As of August 11, the city hasn’t found any mosquitos carrying Zika, but they have found 141 mosquito traps with West Nile. Through a map on the site, you can see the average number of mosquitos found in each trap per week for 2016, ranging from 1 to 45.3 (yikes).

The maps also show ongoing efforts to treat catch basins where mosquitos lay eggs, the locations where backpack larviciding has taken place and where the city has sprayed by truck or helicopter. 

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