What New York is Doing
To help protect subway travelers, Governor Cuomo has directed the Health Department and the MTA to deploy larvicide tablets to standing water throughout the subway system.
The State has redoubled its efforts to protect New Yorkers from Zika. Read Governor Cuomo’s full Six-Point Zika Action Plan to combat the virus.
Staying a Step Ahead of Zika
Eliminate Zika At Its Source
To receive a free starter kit of mosquito dunks for your home, call 1-888-364-4723 or email your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Over 100,000 kits of the mosquito dunks (larvicide tablets) are being distributed statewide for anyone to treat water in containers that cannot be emptied.
Aggressively Monitor the Aedes Mosquito in New York
The State is deploying 1,000 special traps – enough to cover the entire target region – and testing 60,000 mosquitoes every month.
Protect Pregnant Women
The State is making available 20,000 free Zika Protection Kits to low-income pregnant women, which contain educational materials, insect repellent, condoms and a starter kit of mosquito dunks to treat water in containers that cannot be emptied.
Keeping the Public Informed
Deploy Rapid Response Teams
In the event Zika transmission from an Aedes mosquito is confirmed, a team of State officials will be dispatched to inspect surrounding areas, perform additional treatment and develop a local action plan.
Issue Emergency Regulations Requiring Local Zika Control Plans
All local health departments have submitted Zika control plans to the State Department of Health. The 14 high risk counties (including those in NYC) where the Aedes albopictus mosquito is present submitted more extensive mosquito control plans specific to trapping, testing & controlling this type of mosquito.
Launch Aggressive Public Awareness Campaign
A multilingual television, radio, print and social media awareness campaign targeted to New Yorkers and travelers launched in May and continues across the state.
What You Need to Know About Zika
Zika virus is primarily spread through mosquito bites. It's related to West Nile, yellow fever & Japanese encephalitis. Currently, no vaccine exists.
Most people infected with Zika virus won’t even know they have it. Learn more about the most common symptoms of Zika.
No Zika Transmission In NYS At This Time
Areas Where Aedes Mosquitoes Exist in U.S.
Impact of Zika
How Zika Can Impact You
Zika can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus & is linked to a serious birth defect called microcephaly. Learn about prevention & testing services the State offers.
When traveling it's important to learn about potential risks and take precautionary measures in order to avoid the risk of contracting the Zika Virus.