NYC is doing its best to protect against Zika.
Even though the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the virus hasn’t been seen in New York before, the city is planning on spending $21 million over three years to take precautions against Zika spreading to the area.
Not only is the city doubling the number of mosquito traps that they normally set, but they’re also planning on hiring an extra 51 Health Department workers to focus on stopping the spread of the virus.
“We do not see a scenario in this city or this country where there will be a widespread outbreak, but that does not stop us from wanting to address even more limited problems,” Mayor de Blasio said at the Public Health Lab yesterday according to The New York Times.
Public messaging about ways to protect yourself from the virus will begin to be rolled out in buses and on subways this week.