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N.Y. attacks mosquitoes in battle against Nile virus

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NEW YORK — Health officials are escalating the battle against the West Nile virus with a one-two punch of ground spraying and the season's first aerial spraying.

"It behooves us to really knock down the mosquito population," city Health Commissioner Neal Cohen said, noting that last year, most of the seven victims who died were infected in August.

"The next two weeks up until Labor Day will certainly be very critical for transmission," Cohen said.

After another round of ground spraying on Wednesday evening, the first aerial assault, with the pesticide Anvil, is scheduled for Thursday night on Staten Island and in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn.