Baltimore City Spraying Tonight Over Zika Concern

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — For the second week in a row, the Baltimore City Health Department and Maryland Department of Agriculture will expand mosquito control services in Baltimore City Sunday, due to a public health concern over the potential for mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus and Zika virus.

There are currently 12 travel-associated Zika cases in Baltimore City.

Mosquito control truck-based spraying will be going on after 7:30 p.m. between West Baltimore Street and Frederick Avenue; and Stinson Street to McPhail Street.

Residents in these areas, especially those with small children and pets, should remain indoors during the spraying period and for 1-2 hours afterward. Residents should keep windows and HVAC vents closed, and bring pet dishes, feeders, and children’s toys inside.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we will be conducting mosquito control activities Sunday evening in areas within the Shipley Hill neighborhood and urge residents in the designated area to remain indoors during this spraying period,” said Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen in a statement.

“We can all play a part in preventing mosquitoes from breeding by eliminating standing water in our communities. This remains an all hands on deck moment for our city.”

State and local inspectors will be also going door-to-door in the area to inspect properties for mosquito breeding sites and will conduct backyard spraying, as needed, to further reduce adult mosquito populations.

In preventing contracting the Zika virus, residents are encouraged to be aware of standing water (puddles, baby pools) in the yard, use insect repellent when outdoors, and cover up with long-sleeved shirts and pants. Women who are pregnant area also encouraged to use extra caution.

The Baltimore City Health Department has more information on the Zika virus and preventing it.

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