The control of mosquito-borne diseases in New York City

J Urban Health. 2001 Jun;78(2):359-66. doi: 10.1093/jurban/78.2.359.


Mosquito control began in New York City in 1901. Large-scale efforts to drain marshlands occurred through the 1930s, and aerial application of pesticide occurred as early as 1956. Components of early mosquito-borne disease control were reimplemented in 1999-2000 in response to an outbreak of West Nile virus, and included promoting public and health professional awareness regarding disease causation and prevention, providing free government laboratory testing, case reporting, mapping of mosquito breeding sites and their elimination or application of larvicide to them, and adult mosquito control. Because a potential for various mosquito-borne diseases in New York City persists, continued efforts are warranted to limit mosquito breeding, to monitor adult mosquito populations for the presence of human pathogens, and to establish protocols and capacity for adult mosquito control.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Culicidae / classification
  • Culicidae / virology*
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Encephalitis, Arbovirus / epidemiology
  • Encephalitis, Arbovirus / history
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Insect Vectors / virology*
  • Insecticides
  • Malaria / epidemiology
  • Malaria / prevention & control*
  • Mosquito Control* / history
  • Mosquito Control* / methods
  • New York City / epidemiology
  • Sentinel Surveillance
  • Urban Health
  • West Nile Fever / epidemiology
  • West Nile Fever / prevention & control*


  • Insecticides