6-Step New York State Zika Action Plan

TOP 6-Step New York State Zika Action Plan

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Keeping New Yorkers Safe & Informed

Zika is a virus transmitted primarily by the Aedes aegypti mosquito in South and Central America. Although Aedes aegypti mosquitos are not present in New York, a related species named Aedes albopictus is active in the downstate region and could potentially carry Zika.

The Governor's 6-point plan proactively limits the potential for an outbreak if this type of Aedes mosquito begins transmitting Zika.

Preventing Zika

What New York is Doing


6-Point Zika Action Plan

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.

News: Zika Virus

Read press releases related to actions the state is taking to educate the public and combat the spread of the Zika virus. 

Taking Action

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 b0019w@health.ny.gov. 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.

Taking Action

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.

Stay Informed

What You Need to Know About Zika

What is the Zika Virus?

Zika virus is primarily spread through mosquito bites. It's related to West Nile, yellow fever & Japanese encephalitis. Currently, no vaccine exists.

Signs & Symptoms

Most people infected with Zika virus won’t even know they have it. Learn more about the most common symptoms of Zika. 

Impact of Zika

How Zika Can Impact You

Pregnant Women

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.