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Cuomo: Subways, state parks treated to ward off Zika

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in white shirt, with

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in white shirt, with state officials, watches as New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker drops larvicide to kill mosquitos in standing water at East River State Park in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. Credit: Office of the Governor/Darren McGee


Chemicals to kill the larvae of mosquitoes that could carry the Zika virus are being applied to standing water in subways as well as state parks, although the disease hasn’t been found in the state so far, officials said Tuesday.

All cases of Zika in New Yorkers have been the result of travel to southern states or other countries, said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Cuomo asked homeowners to drain standing water on their property and take advantage of free state kits of larvicide to kill mosquitoes. The state also has a kit for pregnant women who are traveling. That kit includes condoms and insect repellent, because the disease can be spread by sexual contact and is linked to a birth defect.

Spraying and the placing of doughnut-shaped devices containing the larvae killer has already begun throughout the Metropolitan Transporation Authority.

More information is available by calling 888-364-4723, a state helpline.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued an unprecedented warning against travel to the Miami, Florida, area by pregnant women and their partners.

“Zika has not been found in New York State as a mosquito-borne illness,” Cuomo said Tuesday. “The good news is this mosquito only travels about 200 yards from its birthplace, which is often in standing water . . . and if you can take care of your property and your surroundings, that greatly reduces the chance that you and going to get infected or bitten.”

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